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Russian space freighter successfully docks with ISS

RIA Novosti

20:34 04/07/2010

MOSCOW, July 4 (RIA Novosti) - Progress M-06M cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), RIA Novosti correspondent reported from Mission Control on Sunday.

The Space freighter docked to the port of the Russian Zvezda in the automotive mode.

Friday's docking for the space freighter was aborted due to a loss of telemetry. Flight controllers reported the resupply craft flew past the ISS. The spacecraft was about 2 km from the station when the system received a signal to stop approaching the ISS.

The Progress M-06M was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz-U carrier rocket on Wednesday night.

The space freighter carries fuel, oxygen, scientific equipment and video and photo equipment to the ISS, as well as food, water and personal items for the 6-men crew of the orbital station.

The current ISS crew comprises Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and Fedor Yurchikhin, U.S. astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Shannon Walker and Douglas Wheelock.

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.



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