Russia launches space freighter to ISS

Last Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:06

Moscow: A Russian Soyuz-U rocket carrying the Progress M-14M cargo spacecraft was launched just after midnight Wednesday for the International Space Station (ISS) now in orbit.
The rocket was launched from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russia`s Mission Control said.

The freighter will deliver over 2.6 metric tonnes of supplies to ISS. The cargo includes fuel, water and food as well as scientific equipment.

The Progress` docking with the ISS is set for 0108 GMT Saturday.

The Progress-family freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the ISS`s orbit and conduct scientific experiments.

IANS



First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:06

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