Cargo Ship Launched to Space Station

By: NASA TV / CBS
By: NASA TV / CBS

A Russian Progress cargo ship loaded with 2.8 tons of supplies and equipment blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and climbed into orbit Wednesday, the first step in a six-hour rendezvous with the International Space Station.

The cargo ship's Soyuz booster ignited with a rush of flame at 5:44 p.m. EDT (GMT-4, 3:44 a.m. Thursday local time) and quickly climbed away into the plane of the space station's orbit.

Eight minutes and 45 seconds later, the Progress M-24M spacecraft, the 56th Russian cargo ship launched to the station since assembly began in 1998, separated from the booster's upper stage. A few moments after that, navigation antennas and two solar panels unfolded as planned.


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