In this December 9, 2015 NASA TV image NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren works to secure the Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship after its arrival at the International Space Station. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV
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The International Space Station accepted its first U.S. shipment in more than half a year early Wednesday, receiving Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts.NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren used the space station's big robot arm to grab the capsule and its 3-½ tons of cargo.Three hours later, the capsule was bolted into place.NASA is paying billions of dollars to Orbital and SpaceX to stock the space station.The Russian Space Agency didn't take long, however, to resume flights; another shipment is scheduled for just before Christmas.This was Lindgren's last big job at the space station.The Cygnus will remain at the space station for a month, before being filled with trash and cut loose for a fiery re-entry.
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