Progress supply ship launched to station

An unmanned Russian Progress supply ship was successfully launched Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the first step in a two-day voyage to the International Space Station.

The Progress spacecraft being prepped for launch at
the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
(Photo: Roscosmos and Energia)

Liftoff occurred on time at 11:35 a.m. EDT and if all goes well, the craft will complete an automated rendezvous and docking at the aft port of the Zvezda command module around 12:58 p.m. Friday.

The cargo craft is loaded with 1,918 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 220 pounds of water and 2,667 pounds of experiment equipment, spare parts and other supplies.