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, not a bunny.
The SpaceX company’s cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station after 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.
On Wednesday, the stakes get 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.