[FPSPACE] Russian cargo craft docks with space station -Tass
Tue, 8 Aug 2000 17:40:50 EDT
Russian cargo craft docks with space station -Tass
MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A cargo craft carrying supplies docked with the
International Space Station on Tuesday in preparation for the first long-term
manned mission to the orbital laboratory, officials were quoted as saying.
Itar-Tass news agency quoted officials at Mission Control outside Moscow as
saying that the Progress M1-3 had docked with the station at 2013 GMT. The
space station, being built jointly by the United States, Russia, Europe and
Japan, has been described as one of the most ambitious engineering projects
ever and will cost up to $60 billion.
When complete, in 2005 according to schedule, it will loom seven storeys high
and become one of the brightest objects in the night sky. Seven full-time
crew members will live and work in a space as big as the cabin of a Boeing
747 jumbo jet.
Russia sent into orbit the Zvezda living quarters module last month, making
possible a four-month mission to the station by two Russians and one American
planned to begin on October 30.