Rocket delivers Christmas turkey to International Space Station



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A capsule containing Christmas treats, including smoked turkey and fruit cake, arrived at the International Space Station.

A delivery of smoked turkey, fruit cake and other Christmas treats arrived at the International Space Station after a slight delay caused by a dropping of communication.

A Dragon SpaceX capsule stopped in the orbital lab three days after the launch of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

A delivery of smoked turkey, fruit cake and other Christmas treats arrived at the International Space Station after a slight delay caused by a dropping of communication.
A delivery of smoked turkey, fruit cake and other Christmas treats arrived at the International Space Station after a slight delay caused by a dropping of communication. (AP)

The space station's large robotic arm was able to pick up the cargo carrier on the second attempt after there was a problem with the space station's communications network.

The Dragon contains everything the season's astronauts need for Christmas dinner, including smoked turkey, green bean casserole, candied yams, blackberry sauce, and fruit cake.

There are also shortbread and butter biscuits, with ice tubes to decorate.

A capsule containing Christmas treats, including smoked turkey and fruit cake, arrived at the International Space Station.
A capsule containing Christmas treats, including smoked turkey and fruit cake, arrived at the International Space Station. (AP)
A Dragon SpaceX capsule stopped in the orbital lab three days after the launch of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
A Dragon SpaceX capsule stopped in the orbital lab three days after the launch of Cape Canaveral, Florida. (EPA)

In addition to festive treats, the capsule contains mice and worms for scientific experiments and more than 2,200 pounds of station equipment.

Currently, the space station houses six astronauts, but three will return to Earth before Christmas.

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