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Russian Cargo Ship Docks At Space Station


The sun over the International Space Station from the Russian section of the orbital outpost, photographed by one of the STS-129 crewmembers in November 2009.

The sun over the International Space Station from the Russian section of the orbital outpost, photographed by one of the STS-129 crewmembers in November 2009.

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A Russian cargo ship has delivered food, water, fuel, and other supplies to the International Space Station, space officials said.

The "Progress M-04M" docked automatically with the orbital station after a two-day trip up from Earth, Russian Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.

Along with vital supplies, the vessel's cargo included mail and videos for the current crew of five; two Russians, two Americans and a Japanese astronaut.

The International Space Station, a $100-billion project of 16 nations, is to remain in operation until at least 2015.

It can accommodate a six-member crew after recent expansions.
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