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Orbital's cargo ship makes rendezvous with space station

Published on Jan 12, 2014 9:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on Sunday arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on the company's first regular supply mission to the research outpost.

The rendezvous took place at 1108 GMT just northeast of Madagascar over the Indian Ocean, according to the US space agency Nasa's television network.

Once Cygnus approached the orbiting lab, the space station's robotic arm reached out and grabbed the incoming cargo carrier and began the berthing process.

US astronaut Mike Hopkins and his Japanese colleague Koichi Wakata operated the space lab's 17m Canadian-made mechanical arm, known as the Canadarm.

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