The new astronaut ice cream: Blue Bell on International Space Station

1:43 p.m Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 Food
In this photo taken by Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, the SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at the International Space Station on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The capsule pulled up Wednesday following a two-day flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Sergey Ryazanskiy/NASA via AP)

Get outta here with that freeze-dried Neapolitan mess. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are scooping out Brenham’s favorite ice cream.

According to NPR, the SpaceX Dragon capsule made a special delivery to the station Monday. Before the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule left the ground in Florida, NASA put a care package of 30 individual Blue Bell ice cream cups inside. (And some Snickers ice cream bars, but we in Texas have no particular allegiance to Snickers ice cream bars.)

The reason why ice cream is such a special treat for astronauts isn’t because no one at NASA figured out how to install a Frigidaire. It’s because, NPR reports, the limited freezer space is mostly reserved for SPACE SCIENCE: blood and urine samples, and what have you. SpaceX Dragon, unlike previous cargo vessels, can return to the big blue marble without burning up, making back-and-forth transport of scientific samples, and Homemade Vanilla, possible.

[h/t Houston Chronicle]

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