Friday, August 3, 2012

Russia Launches Cargo Spaceship

Source-IANS: A Russian cargo ship blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday night, the country's Roscosmos space agency said.

The Soyuz-U rocket, carrying Progress M-16M cargo ship, was launched at 11.35 p.m. from Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Xinhua reported. The unmanned spacecraft was scheduled to dock with the ISS at 5.24 a.m. Thursday. It will deliver about 2,600 tonnes of supplies, including scientific equipment, medicine, food and water.

Progress freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades.

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