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.
‘‘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.