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Friday, 3 July 2015

SCIENCE: Russian unmanned spacecraft successfully launched

It looks like the third time’s the charm for NASA and its international partners. The unmanned Russian Progress 60 was successfully launched from Kazakhstan, less than a week after a SpaceX cargo flight exploded and a little over two months since Progress 59 craft suffered a failure which prevented it from reaching the International Space Station.
The spacecraft launched on time at 12:55 Eastern Time. The launch, from start to the entry of the Progress spacecraft into orbit, appears to have gone without a hitch. The craft arrived in orbit about ten minutes after its launch.
A Russian Soyuz lifts off carrying the Progress spacecraft. (Credit: NASA)
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft

The Progress spacecraft is carrying over three tons of fuel, supplies, food and other cargo to the space station. It will take about two days for the spaceship to arrive due to the orbital mechanics of the launch versus the orbital path of the International Space Station. It’s scheduled to arrive at 3:13am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 5.
The success so far is not doubt some relief to the countries involved with the International Space Station. Three cargo launches have failed to reach the station since last October. And although such failures are taken into account when planning, the fact that they came so close together has been something of a surprise, especially because all three failures were from three different launch providers.
With the success of this mission so far, everything looks good for the next launch to the space station on July 22. That launch will see NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko take to the stars to join the crew.

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