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Published On: Mon, Dec 18th, 2017
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SpaceX’s Dragon Cargo Arrives Safely Aboard The ISS, New Crew Members To Follow

It’s a busy, busy time at the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 53 crewmembers have just received their “Christmas goodies” launched on Friday (December 15) aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew for the upcoming Expedition 54 are on their way to the ISS, and are expected to arrive there tomorrow.

The Dragon capsule just completed its second delivery to the ISS on Sunday (December 17). SpaceX’s recycled cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the space station’s Harmony module at 8:26 a.m. EST (1357 GMT), NASA announced.

The Dragon capsule was picked up two and a half hours earlier by NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, who used ISS’s robotic arm to capture the capsule at 5:57 a.m. EST (1057 GMT), Space.com reported.

“It’s a great day to see Dragon back on ISS again,” spacecraft communicator Leslie Ringo told the astronauts over the radio all the way from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, Texas.

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SpaceX’s Dragon Cargo Arrives Safely Aboard The ISS, New Crew Members To Follow