Astronauts eager to dig in to fresh delivery of supplies, gifts

January 13, 2015 8:49 AM

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Astronauts on the International Space Station are eager to begin unpacking 2.6 tons of supplies and experiments — including a package of belated Christmas gifts — after delivery aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule Monday.

Commander Butch Wilmore maneuvered the space station’s 58-foot robotic arm to snare the free-flying cargo craft at 5:54 a.m. EST (1054 GMT) after the Dragon freighter’s two-day pursuit of the outpost following liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Saturday.

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