April 20 - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft makes a scheduled Easter Sunday rendezvous with the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft reached the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday (April 20), bearing supplies and equipment for the station's crew. The spacecraft was captured by the station's robotic arm at 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT). Dragon is loaded with about 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of equipment, science experiments and supplies. The cargo run is the third by SpaceX under a 12-flight, $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The U.S. space agency hired SpaceX and a second company, Orbital Sciences Corp, to fly supplies to the orbital outpost after the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011. Dragon is expected to return to Earth in a month bearing science samples and equipment no longer needed on the ISS.