Supply ship heads for space station

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Published: Friday 3rd July 2015 by The News Editor

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A Russian rocket has successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting its arrival after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off as scheduled from Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, placing the Progress M-28M cargo ship into a designated orbit.

The previous Progress launch in April ended in failure, and on Sunday a US supply mission also failed when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket broke apart shortly after lift-off.

The success of the latest launch is essential for the station programme, which has relied on Russian spacecraft for ferrying crews after the grounding of the US shuttle fleet.

The next station crew’s launch has been pushed back from late May to late July after April’s failure.

Published: Friday 3rd July 2015 by The News Editor

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