Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Live in Orbit: Cargo Freighter Nears Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo freighter is approaching the International Space Station with 2.5 tons of supplies.

You can watch the Progress 33 vehicle's scheduled 3:23 p.m. EDT docking with the station live right here. Just click on the image above to launch a live NASA TV viewer.

On board the station to receive the supplies is the Russian cosmonaut and station commander, Gennady Padalka, American astronaut and flight engineer Dr. Michael Barratt, and Japanese astronaut and flight engineer Koichi Wakata.

The cargo craft launched last Thursday at 2:37 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The previous supply ship, Progress 32, undocked from the station last Wednesday after being filled with garbage. It is scheduled to burn up over the Pacific Ocean on May 18.

The new supplies are important as the station prepares for larger permanent crews of six starting later this month.

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