Soyuz rocket takes cargo to space station

24th April 2013, Comments 0 comments

A Russian Progress cargo ship carrying 2.5-tonnes of fuel and supplies blasted off Wednesday on top of a Soyuz rocket on a mission for the International Space Sation (ISS).

Live television pictures showed the cargo carrier take off without a hitch at 1012 GMT from the Baikonur space centre that Russia leases from Kazakhstan.

The Progress will take two days to reach the ISS after settling in its assigned orbit about nine minutes after takeoff.

Russia's Roscosmos space agency said the Progress was carrying oxygen and water supplies and food in addition to fuel and other replacement cargo.

The 14-year-old international space lab is currently manned by two American astronauts and a Canadian as well as three Russian cosmonauts.

© 2013 AFP

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