GLACIER Launches on SpaceX CRS-1

October 8, 2012

spx1_articleSpaceX's first resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched Sunday, October 7, 2012 from Kennedy Space Center.

GLACIER, which is primarily used for preserving science samples requiring thermal control as low as -160 degrees Celsius (-256 degrees Fahrenheit) launched in the Dragon. GLACIER was filled with Blue Bell ice cream cups as a "bonus food" for the astronauts currently on the International Space Station (ISS). 

The SpaceX CRS-1 mission marks GLACIER's first flight since the retirement of the Shuttle program. The Dragon is expected to return to the coast of California in late October with a GLACIER that has been on the ISS since the ULF6 Shuttle Flight.GLACIER S/N 005 (pictured below) is scheduled to launch on ATV4 later this year.