December 2, 2013
Russian Resupply Ship Makes Holiday Arrival at Space Station
The unpiloted Russian Progress 53 cargo craft docked to the International Space Station’s Zvezda Service Module Nov. 29, delivering almost 3 tons of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts to the Expedition 38 crew. The Progress linked up to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module four days after its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. During its transit to the station, the Progress tested upgraded automated rendezvous equipment that will be employed on future Progress and piloted Soyuz spacecraft.