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SpaceX delivers Christmas to the International Space Station | news



A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived on the International Space Station on Saturday after a slight interruption was caused by a communications outage.

The American company's Dragon Capsule moved into the Orbita Laboratory three days after launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Commander Alexander Gerst used the spacecraft's large robotic arm to grab the cargo carriers as the two ships climbed 250 miles across the Pacific Ocean.

It took two attempts to get the dragon close enough for the arrest.

NASA interrupted the first approach of the Dragon due to problems with the Space Station communications network.

Device failure in New Mexico for NASA tracking and data relay The satellite system resulted in a temporary loss of communication with the station.

For security, Mission Control ordered the dragon to be secured.

It was a successful two and a half hours, just an hour and a half later NASA switched to another TDRS satellite.

The dragon contains everything the station astronauts need for Christmas dinner, as well as mice and worms for scientific experiments and more than 2,270 kg of station equipment.

The holiday feed includes smoked turkey green b A casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pies. There are also butter biscuits with frosting tubes for decorating.

Three of the inhabitants of the space station will be on board for Christmas; The other three will return to Earth on December 20th. Until then, the station houses two Americans, two Russians, one Canadian and Gerst, who is German.

This is the second time the space station has been recycled for the Dragon-it was there last year.

SpaceX has been delivering stations to NASA since 201

2. This is the 16th delivery under contract.

Two other supply ships are connected to the space station: one Russian and the other from NASA's other commercial shipper, Northrop Grumman.


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