Loading…
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsNation
Published: Sunday, 4/20/2014

Easter morning delivery for space station

SpaceX shipment arrives 2 days after Fla. launch

ASSOCIATED PRESS
An image from NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule approaching the International Space Station today. An image from NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule approaching the International Space Station today.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — Space station astronauts have received a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The shipment arrived early today via a Dragon, versus a bunny.

The SpaceX company’s cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts used a robot arm to capture the capsule 260 miles up.

More than 2 tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies, a little veggie hothouse and legs for the resident robot. NASA also packed family care packages for the six spacemen.

On Wednesday, the stakes will be even higher when the crew conducts a spacewalk to replace a dead computer. NASA wants a reliable backup in place as soon as possible. This one failed April 11.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories