April 27, 2011

Russia Launches Unmanned Vessel To Resupply ISS

Russia launched an unmanned vessel on Wednesday to supply the crew on board the International Space Station with a new shipment of equipment and supplies.

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement that the M-10M Progress lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and was due to dock to the ISS on Friday.

The vessel was carrying supplies and scientific equipment for the international crew, which currently consists of an Italian, two NASA astronauts and three Russians.

The Russian newsru.com website reported that besides the usual shipment of oxygen and other necessities, the latest consignment also included vegetable seeds and some fruit flies that could help the team grow the first garden in space.

NASA will be launching space shuttle Endeavour on Friday to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and spare parts to the orbital laboratory.

The STS-134 mission will be Endeavour's last venture into space.  Space shuttle Atlantis will carry out the final mission for the shuttle program in June.


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