In the years before the mission’s launch, it was recognized that we wouldn’t be able to carry all the supplies we needed in one trip. Therefore, containers were sent into solar orbit at the precise locations that intersected with various points on our journey.
Dave and Thomas did a large amount of practice rendezvous drills on the simulator back home, maneuvering the ship to line up with the container. They would only have one try with each shipment; if they missed it would be lost forever.

Fortunately the first attempt went flawlessly. They opened the bay door and the the container gently drifted into the hold. The door closed, and suddenly it was Christmas in February.
Even for the dodos.

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