AP Nation / World

Jul 20, 9:57 AM EDT

SpaceX Dragon capsule delivers new station docking port



Interactives
50 years of missions to Mars
New Hubble Captures New Images
In retrospect: Race to the moon
Hubble Telescope: A spy on the universe
Preparing for launch after standing down last fall
Lunar Testing in Washington
Landing on Mars
Take a Tour of the International Space Station
Lunar Eclipse Seen Around the World
Documents
NASA Economic Impact Report (March 2008)
Latest News
5 years after shuttle, NASA awaits commercial crew capsules

SpaceX Dragon capsule delivers new station docking port

Funding threatens future of giant telescope in Puerto Rico

APNewsBreak: New Mexico spaceport authority director resigns

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX finally made good on its delivery of a space station docking port Wednesday morning.

A Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station, bearing more than 2 tons of supplies. The shipment includes a docking port needed for future rocket ships. SpaceX is working on a crew-worthy Dragon, while Boeing is developing a capsule for astronauts named Starliner.

SpaceX launched its latest Dragon from Cape Canaveral on Monday. A year earlier, the first of these new docking rings was destroyed in a SpaceX launch accident. NASA and Boeing - which makes the ports - is working on a replacement that should fly in another 1 years.

The two U.S. space station residents used a robot arm for Wednesday's 250-mile-high operation above America's Great Lakes.

"We've captured us a Dragon," reported astronaut Jeffrey Williams. "We look forward to the work that it brings."

Mission Control replied, "This event is an important step on the journey of the International Space Station mission. Now let's get this vehicle berthed so we can get to work."

The newly arrived science experiments include a DNA decoder, or sequencer, that will get a workout by the first virus-hunter in space, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.

This is the second high-flying delivery this week. A Russian supply ship pulled in Monday night.

---

Online:

SpaceX: http://www.spacex.com/

NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/mission-pages/station/main/index.html

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.