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article imageRussian cargo ship brings food to space station, finally

By Caroline Leopold     Jul 4, 2015 in Science
Korolyov - A successful liftoff for a Russian Soyuz rocket on Friday from Kazakhstan was recorded by NASA TV. The mission will deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station.
A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off in Kazakhstan on Friday to deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS). The successful launch broke a streak of failed launches, including the SpaceX mission from five days before.
The Progress capsule is expected to reach the space station on Sunday at 12:55 a.m. EDT, according to Reuters.
NASA broadcasted the launch, which showed liftoff and then gave a view of the mission center in Korolyov, Russia. "The Progress 60 now in great shape in its preliminary orbit, beginning its two-day trip to the International Space Station. Everything went by the book," said NASA launch commentator Rob Navias.
Friday’s launch came five days after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. In a news conference, hours after the event, NASA Associate Administrator Bill Gerstenmaier said that there was no plan to delay any scheduled space flights, including the one on July 3.
SpaceX had been the third consecutive failed mission to the International Space Station. On April 28, a Progress capsule failed to separate from the Soyuz launcher. Six months earlier, on October 28, an Orbital-ATK lost the Cygnus cargo ship due to a mechanical failure.
The accidents, involving three different rockets, had nothing in common "other than it's space" and "space flight is not easy," said Gerstenmaier after SpaceX's failure.
The cause of the SpaceX and Orbital-ATK accidents are under investigation.
The International Space Station is a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth.
While NASA officials denied that the International Space Station was in no immediate danger of running low on food and water, the successful launch eases the pressure on the space station.
Prior to Friday's launch, NASA said that the space station has a four-month supply of food.
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