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Russia cargo begins two-day trek to International Space Station after lift off from Kazakhstan base

An un-crewed cargo space craft lifted off to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.

The Progress MS-17 lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 4:27am local time.

It’s scheduled to dock at the station two days later, delivering food, fuel, equipment and supplies for its seven residents.




The orbiting outpost is currently operated by NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; Russians Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Aboard is more than 3,600 pounds (1,600 kilograms) of supplies and consumables for the seven-person Expedition 65 crew.

The cargo spacecraft is slated to remain at the Poisk module until late October before it is expected to be commanded to autonomously undock and relocate to the Earth-facing port of the soon-to-be-launched Nauka module. After that, it’ll undock from Nauka, likely sometime in November.



At the end of its mission, it’ll leave the vicinity of the ISS before performing a deorbit burn for a destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.