Moscow: Russia has launched a cargo module to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver over 2.5 tonnes of supplies, including chocolates and books for researchers at the ISS.
The Progress M-05M freighter lifted off on a Soyuz-U rocket at 21.15 Moscow time (2345 IST Wednesday) from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
Mission control said the spacecraft will deliver over 2.5 tonnes of supplies, including equipment, parcels from home, chocolate, candy, new video films and books.
Progress-series 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 orbit and conduct scientific experiments.
Russia "buried" its last analog - as opposed to digitally controlled - space freighter, the Progress M-67, in the Pacific in September.