SpaceX Cargo Capsule Arrives, One Day Late

4:59 PM, Mar 3, 2013   |    comments
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Dragon cargo capsule has been tamed, and it has arrived at the International Space Station.

The commercial cargo ship owned by the SpaceX company closed in on the orbiting lab early Sunday morning, and station astronauts used a hefty robot arm to grab it out of orbit. The capsule is loaded with more than 1 ton of supplies.

SpaceX launched the Dragon into orbit Friday and quickly ran into trouble. A clogged pressure line or stuck valve kept the thrusters, or little maneuvering rockets, from working. Flight controllers finally got the thrusters up and managed to salvage the supply mission.

The Dragon's arrival is just one day late.

NASA is paying California-based SpaceX $1.6 billion for a series of supply runs. This is the third Dragon to visit the manned outpost.

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