SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

Federico Mansilla
Diciembre 8, 2018

Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station's big robotic arm to grab the cargo carrier, as the two craft soared 250 miles above the Pacific.

The Dragon launch Wednesday marked the ninth cargo flight launched to the space station this year and the third in less than two weeks following the arrival of a Russian Progress freighter November 16 and a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft the next day.

A communication drop-out has delayed a Christmas delivery at the International Space Station.

It was a successful take two - just an hour-and-a-half late - after NASA switched to another TDRS satellite.

Once hatches are opened to the Dragon, the crew first will move high-priority science equipment and supplies into the station, including the rodent habitat and items that need to be transferred to the station's freezers.

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The holiday food includes smoked turkey, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce and fruitcake. There also are shortbread and butter cookies, with tubes of icing for decorating.

It is the second space station visit for this recycled Dragon; it was there previous year, too. SpaceX launched the Dragon ship Wednesday (Dec. 5) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday (Dec. 5).

If the ESA can manage to film attractive, ultra-high-def footage of things outside the space station, why can't NASA?

Two other supply ships are attached to the space station: One Russian and the other sent by NASA's other commercial shipper, Northrop Grumman.

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