Space Delivery As Science Fact
So what was the first cargo in space? The U.S. flag that Neil Armstrong’s planted on the moon doesn’t count – it was checked in as cabin baggage.
Well, delivering things in space only became necessary when there was somewhere, someone and something; three things in short supply up there. The first semi-permanent something was Salyut 1 space station (1971), but the first space station to be around long enough to warrant freight movements was the ISS (the seventh iteration of space stations).
A Russian Proton rocket launched the control module, and space shuttle Endeavour, made it’s the first delivery, another construction module. Progress M1-3 which followed soon after, was the first ship to carry supplies. Then came NASA’s SPACEHAB Logistics Double Module, which provided a total cargo capacity of up to 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).
Up there in the space-bound cargo stakes, in 2001, Pizza Hut became the first company in history to deliver pizza to residents living in outer space.