New commercial supply ship reaches space station

FILE - This Feb. 19. 2010 file photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station with Earth's horizon as a backdrop. Several power systems have been shut down aboard the International Space Station after a cooling system malfunctioned. NASA says in a posting on its website that one of two cooling loops aboard the space station was shut down Saturday, July 31, 2010. A module that pumps ammonia coolant to prevent equipment from overheating was still shut down early Sunday, Aug. 1. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

September 29, 2013 5:00:11 AM PDT
NASA's newest delivery service has finally made it to the International Space Station.

After a week's delay, Orbital Science Corp.'s Cygnus cargo ship pulled up at the orbiting lab Sunday morning.

The space station astronauts used their robot arm to grab it.

The capsule is making its debut on this test flight, and contains more than a half-ton of food, clothes and other supplies for the six astronauts.

It marks a major accomplishment 260 miles up. Only one other private company has ever made such a high-flying shipment.

Orbital Sciences launched the Cygnus capsule from Virginia on Sept. 18. It was supposed to reach the space station four days later, but got held up by inaccurate navigation data.

A software patch fixed everything.


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