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Cargo ship "Progress" was launched to the ISS. / October 31, 2011 /

From the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 14:11 Moscow time, launched a carrier rocket «Soyuz-U» with a cargo spacecraft «Progress M-13M», informs «Interfax». Start was successful in nine minutes after launch the ship was separated from the third stage of the rocket and began autonomous flight.

Docking of the truck with the International Space Station is scheduled for 15:40 Moscow time on November 2. Cargo ship will deliver to the ISS in 2648 pounds of cargo, including food, water, medical equipment, fuel and scientific equipment.

«The station will be brought 50 kinds of products. Thus, the repetition of the same dishes will be times in 16 days, not eight, as before, then there is a menu of astronauts become more diverse,» — told the news agency RIA Novosti department head of the Institute of Supply Medical and Biological Problems RAS Alexander Agureev.

In addition, the ISS will be delivered scientific satellite «Chibis-M», which will be used for the study of thunderstorms. Satellite equipment includes X-ray gamma-ray detector, radio frequency analyzer and a set of plasma-wave devices.

Originally start of «Progress M-13M» to the ISS was scheduled for 14 October but was postponed after the accident, «Progress M-12M.» This cargo ship was to be delivered to the ISS in August 2011, but five minutes after the start of the third stage carrier rocket «Soyuz-U» has failed, resulting in engine shut down, fragments of the rocket fell in the Altai.

Source: Lenta.Ru

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