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Russian cargo spacecraft Progress M-06M undocks from ISS

09-01-2010 09:05 BJT

MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Russian space freighter Progress M-06M, that docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in July in a second attempt, has been undocked from the space station on Tuesday.

The three-minute undocking process was completed at 03:25 p.m. Moscow time (1125 GMT), when the spaceship left the Zvezda service module of the space station.

The Progress M-06M, launched on June 30 to deliver some 2.5 tons of replenishment goods to space crew members, failed to dock with the ISS on July 2 due to a rare "uncontrollable rotation."

It was not until July 4 did the space freighter finally reached its destination in a second docking attempt.

The spacecraft will start an automatic flight after separation, in which a technical experiment called Radar Progress will be conducted, said the Mission Control Center outside Moscow. It was scheduled to plunge into the Pacific Ocean on Sept. 6.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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