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Resupply Craft Launched to Space Station

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Russian Resupply Spacecraft Begins Expedited Flight to Station

The ISS Progress 54 resupply spacecraft, loaded with 2.8 tons of cargo, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:23 a.m. EST Wednesday (10:23 p.m. Baikonur time) to begin a 6-hour, 4-orbit trek to the International Space Station.

At the time of launch of Progress 54 atop its Soyuz rocket, the station was orbiting 262 statute miles over far western Kazakhstan near the border with Russia.

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New Space Station Cargo Ship Launches from Kazakhstan

The unpiloted ISS Progress 54 cargo craft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Feb. 5, bound for the International Space Station to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, supplies and experiment hardware for the Expedition 38 crew. The new Progress lifted off on time from Baikonur at 11:23 a.m. EST (10:23 p.m. Baikonur time), reaching its preliminary orbit less than nine minutes later. A series of carefully choreographed engine firings were planned to enable the resupply vehicle to reach the station just four orbits, or six hours later for a linkup to the Pirs Docking Compartment. The Pirs port was vacated on Feb. 3 with the undocking of the old ISS Progress 52 cargo ship that will be deorbited on Feb. 11 to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

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New Russian Resupply Spacecraft Docks With Station

The ISS Progress 54 resupply spacecraft, loaded with 2.8 tons of cargo, automatically docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment at 5:22 p.m. EST Wednesday about six hours after its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

At the time of docking, the station was soaring about 260 miles over the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida.

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New Space Station Cargo Ship Flies a Fast Track to Deliver Supplies

Just six hours after its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the unpiloted ISS Progress 54 cargo craft docked to the International Space Station Feb. 5 to deliver almost three tons of food, fuel, supplies and experiment hardware for the Expedition 38 crew. The new Progress lifted off on time from Baikonur at 11:23 a.m. EST (10:23 p.m. Baikonur time), reaching its preliminary orbit less than nine minutes later. A series of carefully choreographed engine firings enabled the resupply vehicle to reach the station just four orbits, or six hours later, as it linked up to the Pirs Docking Compartment. The Pirs port was vacated on Feb. 3 with the undocking of the old ISS Progress 52 cargo ship that will be deorbited on Feb. 11 to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

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Crew Conducts Science, Begins Unloading Russian Cargo Craft

The six astronauts and cosmonauts of the Expedition 38 crew completed a range of research and maintenance activities Thursday and began unloading cargo from a newly arrived Russian space freighter.

Commander Oleg Kotov and his fellow cosmonauts aboard the station -- Flight Engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Sergey Ryazanskiy – opened the hatch to the ISS Progress 54 cargo spacecraft at 7:15 a.m. EST to begin the process of unloading its 2.8 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 38 crew.

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