SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft reaches the International Space Station and is successfully captured by the station's robotic arm. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, on Friday (April 17) welcomed SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft that arrived at its destination after a three-day journey through space. According to NASA, Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with the station's robotic arm at 6:55 a.m. EDT (1055gmt). The primary purpose of the unmanned mission is to deliver more than 4,300 pounds of food, clothing, equipment - including an Italian-made espresso machine - and science experiments to the station, a $100 billion research laboratory about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. SpaceX is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the station following the retirement of the space shuttles. In addition to a recently extended 15-flight NASA cargo delivery contract, worth more than $2 billion, SpaceX is working on a passenger version of the Dragon capsule and has dozens of contracts to deliver commercial communications satellites into orbit.