SpaceX Dragon Safely Arrives at Space Station

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SpaceX confirmed that the Dragon capsule was in good health and will attempt to make another rendezvous with the space station on Thursday.

A SpaceX Dragon supply ship bound for the International Space Station aborted its initial approach and will delay its docking procedure by at least one day.

NASA said Sunday the CRS-10 mission represents the first commercial launch from KSC's Launch Complex 39A and will support more than 250 studies during Expeditions 50 and 51 on the space station.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias said on NASA TV that the navigation glitch "is an easily correctable issue".

"Congratulations Dragon on a successful journey from Earth and welcome aboard", said Pesquet. SpaceX for the first time made use of Launchpad 39-A.

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SpaceX is now working on another version of the Dragon that aims to ferry people to space as early as 2018.

The first space shuttle Columbia also launched from the same pad in 1981, carrying astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen for two days. The Mission Control Center in Houston is evaluating the next attempt on Thursday morning for rendezvous, according to NASA.

When the safety system on Dragon aborted its approach to the ISS, it was over 3,500 feet away.

The cargo capsule was scheduled to rendezvous with six astronauts onboard the space station at 6 am ET today. The Russian cargo ship is expected to arrive at the ISS on Friday.

The Dragon was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center, the company's first Florida launch since a spectacular explosion September 1 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that destroyed another Falcon 9 and its communications satellite payload.

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