Thursday, October 01, 2015

Progress M-29M cargo spacecraft launched to space station

A Soyuz-U rocket with the Progress M-29M space freighter has blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Thursday.

The Progress cargo ship will bring 2.3 tons of cargos to the ISS, the agency said.

Thursday’s launch is the last one for the Progress M-M series, to be replaced by the Progress MS cargo ships with the next mission due on November 21.

The Progress space freighter will dock with the ISS at 10.54 p.m. GMT and is expected to undock on December 9.

  • The spacecraft will deliver to the space station fuel, air, equipment and also other supplies for the cosmonauts and astronauts, including over 17 kilograms of fruits and vegetables, ketchup, juice, sauce, chocolate sweets, jam and peanuts.

The current crew of the ISS comprises Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Volkov, US Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui.


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