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April 2, 2016
Russian Supply Spacecraft Arrives Safely to the ISS
The Progress 63 cargo spacecraft docked successfully to the rear port of the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station at 1:58 p.m. EDT. The Kurs automated docking system enabled a smooth rendezvous as the cargo resupply craft and the International Space Station flew about 250 miles above Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
Archive image: Progress 62P Cargo Craft Approaching the Station. Image Credit: NASA.
Progress 63 arrived with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the space station crew, after its launch Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Image above: Saturday’s arrival of the Progress 63 spacecraft marks five spacecraft parked at the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA TV.
The docking of the Progress 63 vehicle marked the second cargo ship in as many weeks to arrive at the station. Up next is the scheduled launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply vehicle on April 8 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Dragon’s arrival at the complex on April 10 will be the third resupply vehicle for the station in three weeks, resulting in some 12 tons of cargo for the station’s residents from Progress, Dragon and the Orbital ATK Cygnus ship, which arrived at the station on March 26.
For more information about the space station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.
Images, Video, Text, Credits: NASA/NASA TV/Mark Garcia.
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