[FPSPACE] Progress M1-3 Launch
Mon, 7 Aug 2000 08:54:33 EDT
Russia Sends Space Station Supplies
MOSCOW (AP) - An unmanned cargo ship carrying supplies for the international
space station was launched Sunday evening aboard a Soyuz rocket, officials
The main cargo on the ship - called the Progress - was fuel that will be used
to adjust the space station's orbit. It blasted off from the Baikonur
cosmodrome in the central Asian nation of Kazakstan, officials at Russia's
Mission Control center in Korolyov outside Moscow, were quoted as saying by
Russian news agencies.
The unmanned vessel also carried scientific instruments, linen and personal
hygiene supplies. It is scheduled to dock with the station early Wednesday
The launch is one of two Progress missions ferrying supplies to the space
station in preparation for the arrival of the first crew in October. The next
will be in late August.
In mid-July, Russia's Zvezda control module was put into orbit, linking up
with the two modules of the station already in orbit several days later. With
Zvezda linked up, the station can finally be manned, starting what organizers
have called a new era in space exploration.
Russia's inability to pay its bills and rocket problems meant the module,
which contains living quarters and guidance systems, went up two years later
But construction is now expected to speed up, and the space station is
scheduled to be complete in 2005, after more than 40 more launches.