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SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the international space station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a ­billion-dollar contract with NASA.

The SpaceX cargo ship, called Dragon, eased up to the orbiting lab, and station astronauts reached out with a robot arm and snared it. Then they firmly latched it down.

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‘‘Looks like we’ve tamed the Dragon,’’ reported space station commander Sunita Williams.

Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

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