Russian supply ship heads for space station

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A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with a Progress MS-11 cargo spaceship blasted off from Site No. 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2:01 p.m. Moscow time on Thursday.

Just more than three hours later, at 10:21 a.m. ET, four minutes ahead of schedule, the craft docked on the Pirs compartment on the space station's Russian segment.

"This was a flawless launch, right on time", NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said during live commentary.

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The Progress 72 spacecraft will stay at the orbital outpost until late July, NASA said. Russia's Roscosmos space agency only attempted to deliver supplies to the space station using this type of aircraft once before, reported Space.com.

Progress 71 is on course to complete the supply delivery in record timing. Previously, the Progress traveled for two days before reaching the orbiting laboratory.

Included in the cargo of the Progress 72 spacecraft is 47 kilograms of oxygen and air, 420 kilograms of water, 1,413 kilograms of spare parts and equipment, and 1,530 kilograms of propellant. The cargo ship is carrying fuel, food, water, oxygen and other supplies for the space station, which now has three Americans, two Russians and one Canadian aboard. On April 17, Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket is scheduled to carry its Cygnus cargo spacecraft into orbit for a rendezvous with ISS.

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