Russian space freighter to dock with orbital station on Friday

A Russian cargo spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday evening, a Russian space official said.

A Soyuz-U carrier rocket with the Progress M-10M freighter lifted off from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on April 27.

“Progress M-10M is expected to dock automatically with the ISS at 6.29 p.m. Moscow time [14:29 GMT] on April 29,” a Mission Control spokesman said.

The space freighter will deliver 2.5 tons of scientific equipment, fuel and food supplies to the orbital station.

The food supplies include 20 packages of marinated cucumbers, green apples, lemons and oranges, as well as unspecified fresh vegetables.

The freighter will also deliver “psychological support kits” from the families of ISS crewmembers, including candy.

The current ISS crew comprises Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev, Andrei Borisenko and Dmitry Kondratyev, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli and NASA astronauts Catherine Coleman and Ronald Garan.


MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti)

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