December 20, 2014
Intl'l Space Station receives a special Easter delivery
A Space Exploration Technologies' cargo ship, the SpaceX Dragon, made an Easter Sunday delivery of food, science experiments and supplies to the crew living aboard the International Space Station.
Station commander Koichi Wakata used the outpost's 18-meter robotic crane to snare the Dragon capsule from orbit at 7:14 a.m., ending its 36-hour journey. At the time, the station, a $100 billion project of 15 nations, was sailing 418 km over the Nile River.
"Good work catching the Dragon," astronaut Jack Fischer, from NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston, radioed to the crew.
"It's been a long road". Good job to everybody and thanks for getting her onboard," he said during a live broadcast on NASA Television.
The freighter held a new spacesuit for spacewalks, legs for the station's prototype humanoid helper robot, an experimental laser communications system, high-definition video cameras, a prototype greenhouse and more than two tons of other gear.
Dragon will be reloaded with science samples and equipment no longer needed on the station and returned to Earth in about a month.