Russia Launches Progress Cargo Ship on Fast Trip to Space Station

October 1, 2015 5:39 PM

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Russia launched an unmanned cargo ship Thursday (Oct. 1) on a speedy mission to deliver tons of fresh supplies to a waiting crew on the International Space Station.

The cargo ship, called Progress 61, blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket at 12:49 p.m. EDT (1649 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it the local time was late Thursday night. If all goes well, the spacecraft will spend six hours in flight, orbiting Earth four times as it chase...

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