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A supply ship named in memory of John Glenn reached the International Space Station

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A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday.

Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany.


NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods.

The ship was scheduled to arrive at the space station Saturday morning.

Glenn died in December at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the Cygnus spacecraft.

The ship also delivered Glenn memorabilia to the astronauts living on the space station, including commander Peggy Whitson who on Monday will break the record for the most amount of hours spent in space by an astronaut.


The S.S. John Glenn will remain at the orbiting outpost until July, when it is let go to burn up in the atmosphere.


--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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