Space shipment launched with sports car parts, cookie oven

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Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket lift off the launch pad at NASA Wallops Flight facility in Wallops Island, Va., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The rocket is carrying a Cygnus spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A supply ship is rocketing toward the International Space Station with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to guard against radiation.

Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from Virginia on Saturday. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kilograms) should reach the orbiting lab Monday.

Station astronauts will test the oven by baking chocolate chip cookies from scratch and try out the new safety vest. Both experiments are seen as precursors to moon and Mars journeys. Other newly arriving equipment will be used in a series of spacewalks later this month to fix an instrument that hunts antimatter.

Italy’s Lamborghini is also along for the ride. It’s sending up samples of carbon fiber used in its sports cars. Researchers are considering the materials for medical implants.

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