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Cargo Reaches Space Outpost

September 18, 2008

Russian media reported that a Russian cargo ship docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, after Hurricane Ike delayed the mission last week.  

Local news agencies reported that the Progress M-65 cargo ship successfully coupled with the multibillion-dollar orbit outpost at 2243 Moscow time, which equals 4:43 p.m. ET.  

Last Wednesday the cargo ship was launched. It carried some 2.5 tons of food, fuel, water, specimens for scientific experiments, a Russian-designed, fully computerized space suit and presents from friends and relatives for the crew of the space station.

Last Friday, U.S. and Russian space officials were on the cautious side, and decided not to take any risks.

They postponed the cargo ship docking from the originally set date of September 14, after U.S. space agency NASA evacuated its mission control in Houston due to Hurricane Ike.

Interfax news agency quoted Russian Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin as saying that the U.S. segment of the ISS controlled the docking from NASA’s back-up facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

The current U.S.-Russian group controlling the will finish their six-month space odyssey in October.


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