TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

'Dragon is ours!' astronaut says as unmanned cargo capsule lands

Daily Photo Galleries

By Florida Today
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 9:09 p.m.
 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Dragon unmanned freighter is moored at the International Space Station in a two-day trip initially marred by steering thruster trouble.

A day late because of the problems, the spacecraft's high-flying arrival took place on Sunday 253 miles above northern Ukraine, much to the delight of the six astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the complex.

“The Dragon is ours!” tweeted Chris Hadfield, who next week will become the first Canadian to command the space station. “Look forward to new smells. Great!”

Among the supplies: something fresh and nutritious from a California orchard run by the father of a SpaceX employee, company president Gwynne Shotwell said.

On the space station, fruit is a rare commodity. The primary sustenance is an MRE, or meal-ready-to-eat.

Hadfield, a former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, said he was looking forward to going into Dragon's “belly.”

Later Sunday, Hadfield tweeted, “Opened the hatch to find fresh fruit, notes from friends and peanut butter.”

Launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Dragon is carrying more than a ton of supplies and scientific research equipment.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Arizona county clears girl shooter in gun range death
  2. Va.’s first couple, former Gov. and Mrs. McDonnell, often together, FBI agent testifies
  3. Invasive species in Great Lakes partially blamed on anglers
  4. U.S. waffling on ISIS feeds confusion among possible allies
  5. Death Valley ‘sailing rocks’ linked to freeze-warm cycle
  6. Southern Calif. high surf expected to subside today
  7. Study examines body’s bacteria on move indoors
  8. Judge reaffirms Texas’ ‘Robin Hood’ system of school funding unconstitutional
  9. Feds strip Oklahoma of education funding decisions
  10. Military pilot was killed in Va. crash
  11. Doctor’s license reinstated pending hearing in W.Va.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.