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Russian cargo ship docks to space station

11 april 2014, 10:13
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Russian Soyuz U rocket with unmanned Progress M-23M cargo ship blasts off from Russian leased Kazakh Baikonur. ©AFP
Russian Soyuz U rocket with unmanned Progress M-23M cargo ship blasts off from Russian leased Kazakh Baikonur. ©AFP

A Russian cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station Thursday, bringing the crew crucial supplies and water, AFP reports according to Russia's space agency.

The unmanned Progress M-23M ship, which was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, docked with the ISS at 2114 GMT, two minutes later than scheduled, the Roscosmos agency said.

The station was flying over the west coast of Peru at the time, NASA said.

The ship is packed with some 2.4 tonnes of supplies for the station's six-member international crew, including fuel, water, oxygen, and parcels from friends and family.

The ISS is currently under the command of Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to hold the post. Also on board are Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Oleg Artemyev, and Mikhail Tyurin, along with Americans Steve Swanson and Richard Mastracchio.

Earlier this month NASA announced that it was cutting space cooperation with Russia -- except over the ISS -- due to Moscow's policies in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea last month.

Roscosmos deputy Denis Lyskov said this week that Roscosmos was not planning any retaliatory measures.

NASA has been wholly reliant on Russia for delivering astronauts to the space station since the US retired its space shuttles in 2011.


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