Here’s the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station This Weekend

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Here’s the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station This Weekend‘

This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. colibacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space.

These unusual science experiments are scheduled to launch Sunday morning (May 20) at 5:04 a.m. EDT (9:04 a.m. GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. They will launch on the commercial spaceflight company Orbital ATK's Antares rocket, packed in the company's Cygnus spacecraft as part of 7,385 lbs. (3,350 kilograms) of scientific equipment, food, clothing and other supplies for the Expedition 55 space station crew.

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