Astronauts Enter World's 1st Private Supply Ship

By: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)
By: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)
The crew of the International Space Station slid open the hatch of its new addition, the world

The Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft stand at Space Launch Complex 40 ahead of the upcoming launch to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch was delayed Saturday morning May 29, 2012 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, intended to go the International Space Station, was supposed to be the first from a private company attempting the feat. As the countdown reached zero, the engines of a SpaceX vehicle shut down. Officials say chamber pressure on an engine was high, causing the abort.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The space station astronauts have entered the Dragon.

Early Saturday, the crew of the International Space Station slid open the hatch of its new addition, the world's first commercial supply ship.

The Space X capsule, named Dragon, made history with its arrival Friday.

NASA astronaut Donald Pettit was the first one in.

He said it smelled like a brand new car and reminded him of the cargo capability of his pickup truck.

Pettit and his crewmates have until the middle of next week to unload Dragon's groceries and refill the capsule with gear for return to Earth.

The California-based Space X is the first private company to send a vessel to the space station.

NASA is turning over delivery work so it can focus on getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.


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