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Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station

By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer

 (Photo Courtesy NASA)

(Photo Courtesy NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts have received a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus a bunny.

The SpaceX company’s cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts used a robot arm to capture the capsule 260 miles up.

More than 2 tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies, a little veggie hothouse and legs for the resident robot. NASA also packed family care packages for the six spacemen. The Dragon will remain docked for a month, returning in mid-May.

On Wednesday, the stakes will be even higher when the crew conducts a spacewalk to replace a dead computer. NASA wants a reliable backup in place as soon as possible. This one failed April 11.


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