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    Black Mold Found in Cargo Prepared for ISS, Resupply Mission Delayed

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    The fifth Orbital ATK resupply mission to the International Space Station is being delayed by over a week.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The fifth Orbital ATK resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is being delayed by over a week as NASA is trying to pinpoint the source of black mold that has contaminated cargo bags.

    "Micro-organisms are everywhere and this type of micro-organism is not uncommon," Dan Huot, a spokesman at NASA's Johnson Space Center, said as quoted by Florida Today on Wednesday.

    An Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft was scheduled to go to the ISS on United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on March 10, but the launch is being rescheduled until at least March 22, according to ULA.

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be disinfecting all cargo bags ahead of the launch, even though black mold was found only in two bags, according to Florida Today.

    The previous Cygnus resupply mission was launched in December 2015. It was Orbital ATK’s fourth resupply mission to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with the company.


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      Gee, maybe they should have sent one of the boys over to check on that stuff before they packed it.
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      Elsa JV
      Black mold is a serious problem across America, it grows on everything, and it is dangerous to human health. The only thing that kills it effectively is bleach, and lots of it. If it gets a foothold, you can be sure that everything will be covered in it, in no time. It is very prolific and the spores, not clearly visible to the human eye, can contaminate an entire area and infect everything. By the time that it is visible to the human eye, it has spread significantly and you need to clean /disinfect everything in the vicinity, because wind can also transport the spores.
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