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SpaceX Supplies Christmas Celebration Meal at International Space Station
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SpaceX Supplies Christmas Celebration Meal at International Space Station

On Saturday, A SpaceX delivery loaded with Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station. Now, astronauts abroad on the International Space Station can celebrate the holidays and Christmas. A SpaceX Dragon capsule lifted days earlier from Florida and delivered smoked turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and fruitcake to the space lab in the sky. Additionally, it includes butter cookies and shortbread, and tubes of icing to decorate the cake. Consequently, it also contains 40 mice and 36,000 worms for research regarding aging and muscles. The Dragon capsule took three days to arrive at the orbiting lab, and it was launched from Cape Canaveral.

Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s giant robotic arm to take the cargo carrier because the two craft mounted 250 miles above the Pacific. Also, it made two attempts to bring the Dragon close enough to hook. However, due to a problem in the communication network, the assignation got late by 90 minutes. Firstly, an Equipment failure in New Mexico for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system triggered a temporary loss of communication with the ISS. Therefore, as a safety measure, Mission Control ordered the Dragon to backstep. And at the second time, after one-and-a-half hour, NASA redirected to another TDRS satellite.

However, three of the crew members will remain on the ISS for Christmas. And the other three will come back to Earth on 20th December. Currently, there are two Russians, two Americans and one Canadian and Gerst on board of the ISS. Moreover, the first-stage booster used in launch sent back to the port, because the Dragon landed at sea instead of Cape Carnival. SpaceX pulled the booster to the coast to reuse it in future. However, SpaceX is delivering shipments for NASA for the past six years. And the current delivery is 16th in line with the contract.

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