Saturday, October 17, 2009

Russian Progress Cargo Craft Docks to Station

A unmanned Russian cargo craft filled with fresh supplies and fuel automatically docked to the International Space Station tonight following a three day chase.

Docking of the Progress M-03M with the Piers docking port occurred at 9:40 pm EDT this evening as the orbital duo flew 225 miles off the South American Atlantic coastline.

The cargo craft is filled to the top with 1,918 pounds of propellant and fuel; 926 pounds of water; 110 pounds of oxygen and air; and 1,750 pounds of spare parts and supplies for the station's crew, according to the Johnson Space Center.

Beginning at 1AM EDT on Sunday, the station's six person crew will open the hatches between the two crafts and start unloading the 2 1/2 tons of supplies and hardware.

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