‘A robotic arm on the International Space Station has reached out to grab the visiting Dragon supply vessel.
The arm will shortly move the ship to a free berthing port on the underside of the orbiting platform.
Dragon has been built by the California firm SpaceX and is carrying half a tonne of food and other stores for the ISS astronauts.
It is the first time a private sector company has attempted to deliver freight to the station.
The high-flying laboratory’s Canadarm2 is being controlled by US spaceman Don Petit.
He grabbed the capsule at 13:56 GMT (14:56 BST). “Houston, looks like we got us a Dragon by the tail,” he radioed to Nasa mission Control in Texas’