After a day of transit, SpaceX's latest cargo shipment arrived Monday at the International Space Station. Megan McArthur, a NASA astronaut, was responsible for the automated docking.
"No one has ever sent me a spaceship as a birthday gift before." After the capsule arrived, she said that she appreciated it.
Only a few days before the first of three spacewalks, the shipment arrived.
The Russians will be performing back-to-back spacewalks starting Friday to outfit the new laboratory that arrived in July.
A Japanese-French spacewalking team will then venture out Sept. 12, to install a bracket to hold new solar panels that are due to arrive next spring. The NASA-directed spacewalk was supposed to have taken place last week but was delayed after Mark Vande Hei (U.S. spacewalker) suffered a pinched nerve. Station managers decided to replace him by Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut.