Monday, March 16 2009
Indianapolis-based Endangered Species Chocolate says eight of their supreme dark chocolate "chimpanzee" bars were aboard NASA's shuttle Discovery when it successfully launched over the weekend. One of the astronauts requested the sweet treats be packed for dessert. The crew members are installing the final set of power-generating solar arrays to the International Space Station.
Indiana Chocolate Aboard Shuttle Discovery
Eight Endangered Species Chocolate bars are safely in orbit along with a NASCAR driver’s flag and a purple stuffed duck. NASA successfully launched shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station on March 15 at 7:43 p.m.
Astronauts select inspirational objects that represent the diverse interests of the crew to take to space with them. Most items will return from space to be displayed; however, eight items likely won’t make the trip back. One of the spacewalkers of flight STS-119 requested Endangered Species Chocolate Supreme Dark Chocolate bars to be packed as a dessert for one of their meals. Visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/whatsgoingup119.html for a full story about orbital mementos.
After many delays, the launch occurred during a beautiful Florida sunset and is said to be the “the most visually beautiful launch...ever seen” (www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/ ). The STS-119 crew members are flying the S6 truss segment and installing the final set of power-generating solar arrays to the International Space Station. The S6 truss will complete the backbone of the station and provide one-fourth of the total power needed to support a crew of six.
Endangered Species Chocolate makes all-natural and organic chocolate bars on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The company donates 10% of net profits to help support species, habitat and humanity. Visit www.chocolatebar.com to find the Supreme Dark Chocolate chimpanzee bar that is aboard shuttle Discovery and a variety of other ethically traded chocolate products.
Source: Inside INdiana Business & Endangered Species Chocolate http://tinyurl.com/cclkjm