A SpaceX smoothness full of Christmas goodies arrived during a International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight check caused by a communication drop-out.
The Dragon plug pulled adult during a orbiting lab 3 days after rising from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used a space station’s large robotic arm to squeeze a load carrier, as a dual qualification soared 250 miles above a Pacific.
It took dual tries to get a Dragon tighten adequate for capture.
NASA called off a Dragon’s initial proceed given of difficulty with a communication network that serves a space station. Equipment disaster in New Mexico for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite complement resulted in a proxy detriment of communication with a station. For safety, Mission Control systematic a Dragon to behind up.
It was a successful take dual â€” only an hour-and-a-half late â€” after NASA switched to another TDRS satellite.
The Dragon binds all a hire astronauts need for Christmas dinner, as good as mice and worms for scholarship experiments, and some-more than 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of hire equipment.
The holiday food includes smoked turkey, immature bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry salsa and fruitcake. There also are shortbread and butter cookies, with tubes of topping for decorating.
Three of a space hire residents will be on house for Christmas; a other 3 will lapse to Earth on Dec. 20. Until then, a hire is home to Gerst, who is German, dual Americans, dual Russians, and one CanadianÂ â€” David Saint-Jacques.
It is a second space hire revisit for this recycled Dragon; it was there final year, too.
SpaceX has been creation hire shipments for NASA given 2012. This is a 16th smoothness underneath contract.
Two other supply ships are trustworthy to a space station: One Russian and a other sent by NASA’s other blurb shipper, Northrop Grumman.