Posted: May 24, 2012 5:10 AM EDT Updated: May 24, 2012 5:50 AM EDTBy MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The world's first private supply ship drew close to the International Space Station on Thursday in a critical fly-by-without-stopping test in advance of the actual docking.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule was directed to stay at least 1 1/2 miles away from the orbiting lab as it got started on a practice lap and checkout of its communication and navigation systems.
The historic linkup is scheduled for Friday, assuming success on Thursday.
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