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Xmas arrives for space station

13 January 2014, 09:07

Cape Canaveral - Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts.

A privately launched supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday morning, three days after blasting off from Virginia. The space station crew used a hefty robot arm to capture the Cygnus capsule.

The Cygnus is carrying 1 360kg of equipment and experiments, including ants for an educational project. Also on board: eagerly awaited Christmas presents for all six spacemen.

Orbital Sciences Corp was supposed to make the delivery last month, well before Christmas. But the Virginia company had to wait a month. A space station breakdown in mid-December took priority, and Nasa bumped the flight to January. Then frigid weather at the launch site forced a delay. Then a strong solar storm interfered.

- AP

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