Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Supply-Filled Spacecraft Headed To Station

A robotic Russian space freighter is on its way to the International Space Station today after launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Riding atop a Soyuz rocket, the Progress spacecraft blasted off around 9 a.m. EDT and then headed off on a climb toward low Earth orbit.

The spacecraft is carrying 2,050 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water and 2,777 pounds of spare parts and experiment hardware -- a total of 5,863 pounds. It is scheduled to arrive at the international outpost at 10:38 a.m. EDT Friday.

You can watch live NASA TV coverage of the arrival here in The Flame Trench beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. Click the NASA TV box on the right to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage.

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