MOSCOW, June 30 (Xinhua) -- A Russian cargo spaceship has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday night from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, said the Mission Control center outside Moscow.
|A Russian cargo spaceship is sent to the |
International Space Station (ISS) from the
Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan June 30,
2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
The Progress M-06M spacecraft atop a Soyuz-U carrier rocket lifted off at 07:35 p.m. Moscow time (1535 GMT), delivering some 2. 5 tons of fuel, oxygen, scientific equipment, video and photo equipment, containers with food and water and parcels for the ISS crew.
For the sake of interior adornment, some paintings by Russian famous artists were also delivered to the space station, so as to "bring the astronauts closer to the Nature," local media reported.
The space freighter is scheduled to dock with the ISS automatically on July 2 at 08:55 p.m. Moscow time (1655 GMT).
Earlier this month, the Mission Control has raised the ISS orbit by 2.5 km to guarantee the ideal conditions for the docking of the Soyuz TMA-19 manned spacecraft and the Progress M-06M space freighter.
On Monday, the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft, previously docked with the Zvezda module, has been relocated to the Rassvet research module via a 24-minute maneuver to make room for the incoming cargo spaceship.
As the long-enduring backbone of Russian space cargo fleet, the Progress freighters are also used to correct the ISS orbit and conduct scientific experiments.
The new generation of Progress vehicles is lighter in weight and equipped with a modern digital control system, which enables the spacecraft to dock with the ISS more accurately.
This is the third time for Russia to launch a space freighter to the ISS.