Saturday , May 8 2021

Russian cargo ship dock with the International Space Station



Space (CBS News) – On Friday, Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, launched the Soyuz FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, lifting the MS-10 / 71P Progress cargo ship into orbit. Loaded with 2.8 tons of propellant, crew supplies, water and equipment, Progress arrived at Russia's Zvezda module on Sunday.

On Friday, Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, launched the Soyuz FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, lifting the MS-10 / 71P Progress cargo ship into orbit. Filled with 2.8 tons of propellant, crew supplies, water and equipment, Progress is on track to dock in Russia's Zvezda module on Sunday afternoon US time.
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The launch of the Progress was very important for Roscosmos and NASA because it showed a successful recovery from the October 10 launch when problems with the system used to dispose of one of the four string-on reinforcements were damaged, forcing a crew of two from the Soyuz ferry to make an emergency landing.

With a successful launch Friday, Russia plans to go ahead with plans to launch another Soyuz spacecraft on December 3 to give the vehicle commander Oleg Kononenko, Canadian flight engineer David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain to the station, briefly upgrading the crew's laboratory to six.

The day after the launch of Soyuz, SpaceX plans to launch a Dragon cargo ship from Cape Canaveral carrying another load to the space station. Then on December 20, Chancellor Auñón-Chancellor, expedition 57 Alexander Gerst and commander of Soyuz MS-09 / 56S Sergey Prokopyev plans to return to Earth, closing the 196-day mission.

Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain will have stations for themselves until another set of crew members arrives in early April.


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