SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

08 Décembre, 2018, 21:08 | Auteur: Therese Cote

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out.

It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm.

The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab Saturday, three days after launching from Florida.

The US space agency NASA is once again accused of cutting the feed on International Space Station (ISS) cameras after an unidentified object appeared on the screen.

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

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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.

"On this resupply craft they also have some special things like candied yams, green bean casserole and even some Christmas cookies", NASA spokesperson Leah Cheshier said during live commentary.

Three of the space station residents will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on December 20. SpaceX towed the booster to shore for possible future reuse, as well as for an investigation into what went wrong.

If the ESA can manage to film handsome, ultra-high-def footage of things outside the space station, why can't NASA? This is its 16th delivery under contract.

Overall, about 30 tons of supplies and equipment have been delivered to the outpost this year by three Progress spacecraft, three Dragons, two Cygnus cargo ships and one Japanese HTV.

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