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Rocket reaches space station

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A Russian cargo rocket has docked safely at the International Space Station (ISS), bringing much-needed supplies to the two astronauts on board.

Since the Columbia disaster put the US space shuttle programme on hold, Russian cargo rockets and crew capsules have been the only link between the space station and Earth.

Sixteen nations were involved in building the station, but Russian officials say they are now shouldering most of the burden of keeping it going.

The cargo on the Russian Progress rocket shows what astronauts Edward Lu and Yuri Malenchenko have been missing during their time in space.

Alongside the food and scientific equipment are comedy films, CDs and magazines.

But in a reminder of the current concerns about the safety of space exploration, there are also a set of satellite phones.

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