An uncrewed Russian cargo ship linked up with the International Space Station late Friday (Oct. 29) to ship practically 3 tons of provides and a few treats simply forward of Halloween.
The provide ship, referred to as Progress 79, docked on the space station Friday two days after launching into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The two ships met at 9:31 p.m. EDT (131 Oct. 30 GMT) as they sailed 258 miles over Argentina, simply south of Buenos Aires.
“It doesn’t get much smoother than that,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias mentioned of the docking throughout dwell commentary. “A flawless journey from the launch pad at Baikonur to docking on the International Space Station.”
Navias mentioned that Progress cargo ship is carrying 5,623 kilos (2,550 kilograms) of provides for the seven Expedition 66 crewmembers presently dwelling on the International Space Station. That load probably consists of some tasty treats, like fruit and greens, since contemporary meals is usually a part of each Progress cargo ship supply.
Progress 79’s cargo consists of 3,351 kilos (1,520 kg) of dry items, 1,212 kilos (550 kg) of rocket propellant, 926 kilos (420 kg) of water, 106 kilos (48 kg) of air and 28 kilos (13 kg) of nitrogen, in response to Navias.
The arrival of Progress 79 comes throughout a busy weekend for the space station crew.
On Sunday (Oct. 31), the business firm SpaceX will launch 4 astronauts to the station on the Crew-3 mission for NASA. Liftoff is about for two:21 a.m. EDT (0621 GMT) from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission will launch NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer to the space station to start a six-month expedition.