Who says Easter dinner is exclusive to those back on terra firma?
A bounty of provisions headed towards the International Space Station for the six astronauts on board to ensure they would not miss out on the obligatory feast.
According to AP, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule was launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Wednesday and retrieved by space station astronaut Anne McClain, via a robot arm, just in time for Good Friday.
The intergalactic menu offered 800 meals consisting of pork chops with gravy, smoked turkey, potatoes au gratin, lemon meringue pudding and apricot cobbler.
.@NorthropGrumman's Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the @Space_Station with ~7,600 pounds of science investigati… https://t.co/qSkL4Gxc5I— NASA (@NASA)1555555846.0
@ABC Cargo is incredible— Michael “Big Husk” Boes (@Michael “Big Husk” Boes)1555715641.0
The 7,600-pound shipment also included test and repair equipment, along with three free-flying robots and 40 black lab mice to be used for a tetanus vaccination study.
@ABC Ah yes. The eating of mice on Easter is a tradition in many religions.— Frank Ramsay (@Frank Ramsay)1555716563.0
Mice have similar immune systems as humans. The research will observe "the effects of spaceflight on the function of antibody production and immune memory," as reported by the Daily Mail.
What a feast! https://t.co/XMxUITMVA8— Globalnews.ca (@Globalnews.ca)1555696985.0
@ABC Expensive feast— Caring Citizen (@Caring Citizen)1555723805.0
Northrop Grumman paid tribute by naming Cygnus the "S.S. Roger Chaffee," after the youngest of the three astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire during a pre-launch test from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1967.
Fellow astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Ed White were also casualties.
McClain officially welcomed the newly minted cargo ship via radio.
"We never forget that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Please know that every day we remember his sacrifice and that we will continue to honor his legacy by pursuing his passion for exploration. To the S.S. Roger Chaffee, welcome aboard."
Chafee (pictured at right in the photo below) was the only crew member who never made it into space.
#OTD in 1967, a cabin fire during a launch rehearsal test of Apollo 1 tragically took the lives of all three crew… https://t.co/EI3KXOrbep— The Astronauts Memorial Foundation (@The Astronauts Memorial Foundation)1548598592.0
While the private shipment was generally appreciated, The Takeout had some beef over the conspicuous omission of a traditional feast offering: ham.
"Technology has evolved far enough that we as a species are capable of sending rats and what we assume are three copies of EVE from Wall-E to the ISS. And still, no ham."
@CBCAlerts Pie in the sky. Literally.— Andy Sawers (@Andy Sawers)1555677689.0
@CBCAlerts Uber eats— Mike (@Mike)1555679491.0
Something tells me the six astronauts will survive no ham in addition to the lack of hidden Easter eggs on board the cargo. Happy Easter!