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CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami/AP) – The eagle has landed or, in this case, the Dragon has been snagged.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station snared the SpaceX’s commercial supply ship Dragon Wednesday morning after a two and a half day flight from Cape Canaveral.
The station crew used a robot arm to grab the SpaceX vessel.
It’s the first official delivery by the California-based SpaceX company under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The contract calls for 12 such shipments.
This newest Dragon holds 1,000 pounds of groceries, clothes, science experiments and other gear, including ice cream for the three station residents. It will remain at the orbiting lab for nearly three weeks before departing with a full load. Dragon is the only cargo ship capable of bringing back research and other items, filling a void left by NASA’s retired shuttles.
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