VIDEO: SpaceX launches, takes ice cream, mice to International Space Station

This photo made available by SpaceX on Thursday, March 30, 2017 shows the company's Falcon 9 rocket on Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Its launch, scheduled for Thursday will be the first time SpaceX launches one of its reused boosters. (SpaceX via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A SpaceX capsule is rocketing to the International Space Station – carrying a few tons of research, plus ice cream.

SpaceX launched its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket Monday from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo. That includes 20 mice.

The Dragon – due at the station Wednesday – is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time.

There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream for the station’s crew of six, as well as ice cream candy bars.

Those treats should be especially welcomed by U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, who has been in orbit since November.

As usual on these cargo flights, SpaceX will try to land its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral.

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