ISS Progress 60 Cargo Spacecraft Reached Orbit

Posted: Jul 3 2015, 4:58am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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ISS Progress 60 Cargo Spacecraft Reached Orbit
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While SpaceX is still trying to figure out what went wrong with their Falcon 9 rocket, Russian Roscosmos launched successfully another ISS Progress cargo spacecraft today.

Russian space agency Roscosmos launched successfully another supply mission to the International Space Station. The Progress M-28M launched at 12:55am ET and has reached the orbit. It will dock with the ISS on Sunday July 5.

The ISS Progress 60 cargo spacecraft transports 6,100 pounds of supplies to the ISS. The cargo consists of oxygen, fuel, equipment for scientific experiments, supplies equipment, containers with food and water and mail for the crew.

This is an important mission as the last SpaceX cargo mission failed. As reported the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft exploded four days ago. SpaceX has still not identified the cause of the explosion. The next SpaceX Falcon 9 missions have been postponed. Elon Musk's space company needs to first identify the reason why the Falcon 9 exploded. Roscosmos needs to have a successful mission as their last one failed as well. Back in April they lost control of a Progress cargo craft and it burned up hurdling back to earth.

Roscosmos has released a video showing the launch of the new Progress mission.

Beginning at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, July 5, NASA Television will provide live coverage of Progress 60’s arrival to the space station’s Pirs Docking Compartment.

The current ISS crew (Expedition 44) consists of six astronauts: Gennady Padalka (Russia), Mikhail Korniyenko (Russia), Scott Kelly (USA), Oleg Kononenko (Russia), Kimiya Yui (Japan) and Kjell N. Lindgren (USA). Commander Gennady Padalka has just set the record with longest stay in space with 804 days spread across five missions.

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