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Holiday food arrives at the International Space Station for astronauts spending Christmas in orbit

Holidays come early for astronauts aboard the International Space Station as Christmas supplies including smoked turkey, green bean casserole and fruitcake arrive on capsule

  • A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday three days after launching from Cape Canaveral 
  • It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough for capture because of a communication drop-out 
  • The holiday food includes smoked turkey, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce and fruitcake
  • Three of the space station residents will be on board for Christmas – the other three will return to Earth on December 20

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out.

The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the cargo carrier, as the two craft soared 250 miles above the Pacific.

It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough for capture.

The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. NASA called off the Dragon’s first approach because of trouble with the communication network that serves the space station

NASA called off the Dragon’s first approach because of trouble with the communication network that serves the space station. Equipment failure in New Mexico for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system resulted in a temporary loss of communication with the station. For safety, Mission Control ordered the Dragon to back up.

It was a successful take two – just an hour-and-a-half late – after NASA switched to another TDRS satellite.

The bolted-down Dragon holds everything the station astronauts need for Christmas dinner, as well as mice and worms for science experiments, and more than 5,000 pounds of station equipment.

Fruit cake and candied yams are some of the goodies that the astronauts on board the station can look forward to on Christmas Day

Along with candied yams, smoked turkey and green bean casserole are other dishes sent for the astronauts to enjoy

Fruit cake and candied yams are some of the goodies that the astronauts on board the station can look forward to on Christmas Day

The holiday food includes smoked turkey, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce and fruitcake. There also are shortbread and butter cookies, with tubes of icing for decorating.

WHAT THE CHRISTMAS CAPSULE CONTAINED

Smoked turkey

Green bean casserole

Candied yams

Cranberry sauce

Fruitcake

Shortbread

Butter cookies

Tubes of icing for decorating

Three of the space station residents will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on December 20. Until then, the station is home to two Americans, two Russians, one Canadian and Gerst, who is German.

Expedition 58 crew members are Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and crew members of Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) NASA Flight Engineer Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev.

It is the second space station visit for this recycled Dragon; it was there last year, too.

It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough for capture. It is the second space station visit for the recycled Dragon

It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough for capture. It is the second space station visit for the recycled Dragon

Three of the space station residents will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on December 20

Three of the space station residents will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on December 20

The  Falcon 9 first stage rocket returns towards the intended landing pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station before missing and landing in the Atlantic Ocean: Wednesday's Falcon rocket was brand new, while the Dragon cargo carrier was recycled by SpaceX

The  Falcon 9 first stage rocket returns towards the intended landing pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station before missing and landing in the Atlantic Ocean: Wednesday’s Falcon rocket was brand new, while the Dragon cargo carrier was recycled by SpaceX

The first-stage booster used in Wednesday’s launch is back at port, after landing at sea instead of Cape Canaveral. SpaceX towed the booster to shore for possible future reuse, as well as for an investigation into what went wrong.

SpaceX has been making station shipments for NASA since 2012. This is its 16th delivery under contract.

Two other supply ships are attached to the space station: One Russian and the other sent by NASA’s other commercial shipper, Northrop Grumman.

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