SpaceX Test Rocket's Payload: A Wheel of Cheese

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hawthorne, CA (AP) - The California rocket company that
launched a spacecraft into orbit and successfully returned it to
Earth this week has revealed its secret payload -- a wheel of

Space Exploration Technologies on Thursday released photographs
of the wheel in a container that was bolted to the floor of its
Dragon capsule for Wednesday's test flight from Florida.

SpaceX says the flight of the round of Le Brouere was a tribute
to the Monty Python comedy team, which had a famous cheese shop

The capsule parachuted to a Pacific Ocean splashdown and the
cheese is now on a barge headed to California.

The Hawthorne-based company is the brainchild of PayPal
co-founder Elon Musk. He's developing rockets and the Dragon
spacecraft for NASA supply missions to the international space

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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