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Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station

  • An unmanned Russian cargo ship was launched to the International Space Station
  • It was taking supplies to six astronauts aboard the ISS
  • The launch was from Russia's main space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
    Since last decade, NASA has turned repeatedly to Colorado companies to produce the technology it needs to not only send astronauts on new lunar missions but also to Mars and into the depths of space. Above, the International Space Station.
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    Since last decade, NASA has turned repeatedly to Colorado companies to produce the technology it needs to not only send astronauts on new lunar missions but also to Mars and into the depths of space. Above, the International Space Station.

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship has been launched to take supplies to the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

    The Saturday launch from Russia's main space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, came after a two-day postponement and docking plan change.

    Initially, the Progress cargo ship was to test a new regime for docking with the space station less than four hours after launch. But the Thursday launch was aborted for unspecified reasons, and the ship is now to be in orbit for two days before docking on Monday.

    The Russian space agency Roscosmos says the Progress, carrying 2.5 metric tons (2.75 tons) of water, food and scientific equipment, reached orbit about nine minutes after its launch at 8.46 a.m. GMT.