The cargo ship will remain at the space station until April 9.

By Alison Fox
Updated March 09, 2020
SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule
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The International Space Station has a fresh supply of Skittles and Reese’s Pieces after a SpaceX cargo ship arrived Monday, delivering the sweet treats — along with science experiments and some much-needed gear.

This cargo ship's delivery is the company’s 20th, according to NASA, and will be used to support ongoing and new investigations on the space station. It included a new science facility that is expected to be installed in the spring by a spacewalk outside the station.

But in addition to equipment and science experiments, the 4,300-pound cargo shipment also included a little something for the three-person crew, The Associated Press reported, in the form of grapefruit, tomatoes, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces and Hot Tamales.

Named "The Dragon," the cargo ship launched on Friday night and will remain at the space station until April 9 when it will return to Earth with research and cargo. Helmed by NASA flight engineer Jessica Meir and astronaut Andrew Morgan, is one of three other spacecraft at the station.

The shipment is not the first time Elon Musk’s company has sent a tasty treat up into space. In December, the company launched a shipment of hemp and coffee seeds to research how gravity affects the metabolic pathways of the plants.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying more than 4,300 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station launches from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This is the final flight of SpaceX's first-generation Dragon cargo capsule.
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This will be the last time an original SpaceX Dragon is used for a shipment, the AP noted, adding future shipments will be able to dock automatically and won’t require robot-arm assistance. SpaceX is planning on launching astronauts in the spring.

More than 239 people from 19 countries have visited the International Space Station over nearly 20 years, according to NASA. Its microgravity laboratory has conducted research for more than 2,800 research projects from 108 different countries.

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