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      Christmas delivery finally for space station

      In this image from video provided by NASA the Cygnus resupply spacecraft approaches the International Space Station early Sunday. It is packed with equipment & experiments, as well as food and even some ants for an educational project.

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      By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer{} {}CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts.{} {}A privately launched supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday morning, three days after blasting off from Virginia. The space station crew used a hefty robot arm to capture the Cygnus capsule.{} {}The Cygnus is carrying 3,000 pounds of equipment and experiments, including ants for an educational project. Also on board: eagerly awaited Christmas presents for all six spacemen.{} {}Orbital Sciences Corp. was supposed to make the delivery last month, well before Christmas. But the Virginia company had to wait a month. A space station breakdown in mid-December took priority, and NASA bumped the flight to January. Then frigid weather at the launch site forced a delay. Then a strong solar storm interfered.Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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