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Progress Cargo Ship Docks With ISS Despite Antenna Failure


A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is prepared for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is prepared for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), despite the failure earlier this week of an antenna on the craft to deploy properly.

Russian and U.S. space officials announced on April 26 that the docking took considerably longer than usual, but was accomplished without complication.

Earlier in the week, officials expressed concern that the damaged antenna might prevent the Progress cargo craft from docking properly and could necessitate a spacewalk by ISS crewmembers.

The Progress vessel is carrying 2.5 tons of oxygen, water, food, fuel, and other supplies to the ISS.

There are currently three Russians, two Americans, and a Canadian aboard the space station.

Based on reporting by Interfax and AFP
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