mardi 13 février 2018

Progress Cargo Craft Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station

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February 13, 2018

Image above: The Progress 69 resupply rocket lifts off in below freezing weather from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.Image Credits: Roscosmos/NASA.

Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station Expedition 54 crew, the Progress 69 cargo spacecraft launched at 3:13 a.m. EST (2:13 p.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying over the south Atlantic north of the Falkland Islands at an altitude of 252 miles. Less than 10 minutes after launch, the resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned.

Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a with Progress MG-08

The Progress 69 cargo vehicle will dock automatically to the aft port of the Zvezda service module of the station at 5:43 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Watch live coverage beginning at 5 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website:

The new Progress spacecraft will remain at the orbiting laboratory until late August.

Related links:

Expedition 54:

Space Station Research and Technology:

International Space Station (ISS):

Image (mentioned), Video (Roscosmos), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia.

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