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[b]Capture is confirmed: Dragon achieves historic first[/b]
At 8:56 a.m. CDT (1356 GMT) on Friday, May 25, SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule became the first commercial spacecraft in history to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS).
Using the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, NASA astronaut Don Pettit grabbed hold of an attach point on the side of the Dragon, which was flying just 32 feet (10 meters) below the orbiting complex.
"It looks we've got us a Dragon by the tail," radioed Pettit. "We are thinking this sim went really well and we're ready to turn it around and do it for real."
"Congratulations on a wonderful capture," capcom Megan Behnken said from Mission Control in Houston. "You have made a lot of folks happy down here and over in Hawthorne and right here in Houston. Great job guys."
The capture came three days, six hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds into the Commercial Orbital Transportation (COTS)-2 demonstration mission as the two spacecraft were flying 251 miles (404 kilometers) over northwestern Australia.
Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers will now work over the next few hours to maneuver the Dragon, still attached to the robotic arm, to its berthing port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony node.
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