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Space station snares the Dragon

The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule has arrived at the International Space Station, making history as the first commercial delivery ship in orbit.

Astronauts Donald Pettit and Andre Kuipers used the space station's robot arm to snare the Dragon after a few hours of extra manoeuvring.

NASA is handing over routine orbital flights to private business so it can concentrate on grander destinations like asteroids and Mars.

The California-based SpaceX company is leading the charge under billionaire Elon Musk, who helped create PayPal.

Dragon will remain at the space station for nearly a week. It will be freed next Thursday to return to Earth with a load of experiments.

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