Progress M-11M space freighter to dock with ISS on Thursday

Russia’s Progress M-11M cargo spacecraft will dock with International Space Station (ISS) late on Thursday, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control said.

The docking is scheduled for 08:37 pm Moscow time (16:37 GMT).

The space freighter undocked from a Soyuz-U carrier rocket and was launched into orbit on Tuesday. It is to deliver 2.7 tons of expendables, fuel, water and foodstuffs, including green apples, lemons, oranges, onions and garlic to the ISS.

The Progress M-11M was lifted off atop the Soyuz-U from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.

Progress-family freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the ISS’s orbit and conduct scientific experiments.

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