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Video View 2/7/14: Picture of Mars, England Flooding, Progress Launch

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Progress Launch (RTV/CBS)

The ISS Progress 54 spacecraft launched to the International Space Station to deliver cargo and supplies on Wednesday (February 5).

The Progress vehicle is an unmanned version of the Soyuz spacecraft used on this mission to transport 2.8 tons of cargo, according to NASA.

It is launched to the Space Station aboard the Soyuz rocket.

After its expected 6 hour journey, Progress 54 is expected to dock at the Space Station later on Wednesday.

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Mars Rover Snaps Picture of Earth From Red Planet (NASA/CNN)

NASA releases the first-ever view of the earth from the surface of Mars.

It was taken by the rover curiosity last month, about 80 minutes after sunset on January 31st.

Researchers snapped the shot using the rover's mast camera.

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England Flooding (AP)

A stretch of railway line was left hanging in mid air in Dorset, UK, on Thursday, after a storm collapsed the sea wall that lay beneath it.

The UK's national rail authority has said it will take at least six weeks to repair the line connecting Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the UK, adding that the storm damage to the line will cost the South West of England millions of pounds (US dollars) each day.

The British government announced that the military would be called in to assist with severe flooding in neighbouring Somerset, which has been told to expect 3 to 4 centimetres (around 1.5 inches) of rain overnight.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said on Thursday that around 40 Royal Marines from 40 Commando based nearby have been deployed to affected areas to provide

general flooding assistance, including sandbagging and moving householders' property to higher levels.

The UK Environment Agency has come under strong criticism by farmers and local residents in the area, some of which has been underwater for over a month, who say a lack of river dredging has made the situation much worse.

Kate Marks, a spokeswoman for the Environment Agency, told British broadcaster Sky News: "I can understand that it's a traumatic time for them, to have your business, your livelihood, your homes flooded."

She went on to insist that the Environment Agency had "Done the maximum that we can in terms of work to date, before the floods came."

It has been warned that parts of Somerset and Dorset could expect as much as 2 centimetres of rain (around 1 inch) in 2 to 3 hours this evening.

There are currently 75 flood warnings, requiring "immediate action" issued across the UK, with a further 257 flood alerts in place.


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