Chocolate coming on next space station delivery

MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
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An unmanned Antares rocket sits on the launch pad at Wallops Island, Va. in an undated photo provided by NASA. It’s due to lift off Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2013 on a test flight of a new cargo ship, called Cygnus, and will deliver goods to the International Space Station. NASA hired Orbital Sciences Corp., the maker of this rocket and cargo ship, to help keep the space station stockpiled. The other company in this new commercial arena is SpaceX. (AP Photo/NASA)

An unmanned Antares rocket sits on the launch pad at Wallops Island, Va. in an undated photo provided by NASA.(AP Photo/NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Virginia company makes its debut this week as a space station delivery service. And the lone American aboard the orbiting lab is counting on a fresh stash of chocolate.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg said she can’t wait for this weekend’s arrival of a new cargo ship named Cygnus. She says it should be similar to other shipments at the International Space Station, even though it will be a first for Orbital Sciences Corp.

Orbital Sciences is scheduled to launch an unmanned Antares rocket containing Cygnus on Wednesday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It’s where NASA launched a moon spacecraft 1½ weeks ago.

NASA is paying Orbital Sciences and the California-based SpaceX company to keep the space station well stocked.

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