International Space Station
November 2, 2011 by staff
International Space Station, An unmanned resupply spacecraft docked with the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first meeting as the orbiting laboratory since the last mission of space shuttle Atlantis in July.
Spacecraft Progress 45P Russian space agency arrived at the ISS at 7:41 a.m. ET Sunday after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket.
The supply ship brought 2.8 tons of food, fuel and supplies to the space station. Even loading a couple of Apple Cases, according to reports.
NASA officials praised the work carried out by their Russian counterparts in the resumption of flights to the ISS just months after a fault on a Soyuz rocket condemned a similar mission in August unmanned resupply.
Since ending his NASA space shuttle program earlier this year, manned missions to the ISS has been the sole province of the Russian space agency.
Astronaut Mike Fossum NASA, currently aboard the ISS, said Sunday after the launch of a resupply mission success was an important step in the resumption of manned flight to the ISS, which have been delayed, while the Russian space officials investigated the accident that caused the August mission to fail.
“After the accident at the launch of a Progress cargo vehicle a couple of months, there has been some uncertainty in the program,” Fossum, was quoted by Space.com. “This is a big step. This helps clean the rocket of the underlying problems, so the next crew of the Soyuz Baikonur has gone.”
The launch on Sunday was the second success of the participation of a Soyuz rocket from the failure of the mission in August. The European Space Agency Soyuz rocket used to launch a pair of satellites in orbit as part of the Galileo project in French Guiana last month.
The ISS is currently home to a barebones team of three astronauts who are scheduled to return to Earth on November 21. The space station normally houses six crew members, or two teams of three astronauts, who more or less than five months long trips in the orbiting laboratory and 100 million are staggered to allow new equipment to keep the station fully open as long as possible.
But the August accident delayed manned missions to the space station and Russian space authorities have struggled to identify and solve the problem with their Soyuz rockets, now say they are good to go. A team of members of the crew of the ISS space station back in September and whether the current program continues, a new team took off from the station on November 13 and will arrive on November 15, just days before astronauts aboard is now set to go.
If the November 13 launch was delayed for some reason, the ISS, in all likelihood, unmanned for a period of time, for the first time in 11 years.
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