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Experiments from Lexington company delivered to International Space Station

18 Décembre 2017

A SpaceX capsule has returned to the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas.

"Dragon installed", a Nasa commentator said at 1326 GMT after the delicate, hours-long process of sealing 16 bolts joining the two craft was complete.

Earlier, as the Dragon arrived, the space station's robotic arm, operated by one of its astronauts, attached itself to the cargo ship as they were over Australia and Papua New Guinea.

"It's a great day to see Dragon back at ISS again", said another Nasa commentator.

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John Muratore, director of Complex 40, said this month that the company spent about $50 million to fix and upgrade the launch pad, including new automated features to quicken turnaround time between launches and changes to the flame trench to enable longer rocket static fires. It's targeting a launch window of 10:36 AM EST (7:36 AM PST) this morning for its CRS-13 mission, which is its 13th resupply mission for the International Space Station.

Three minutes after launch the booster and second stage of the rocket separated.

The launch from Cape Canaveral Florida on Friday was historic, as the company SpaceX used a recycled rocket. SpaceX is looking to drive down launch costs through reusability.

It was the 14th recovery of a booster for SpaceX this year.

Experiments from Lexington company delivered to International Space Station