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Russian Cargo Ship Docks Successfully At Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked with the International Space Station, bringing the astronauts aboard 2.3 tons of supplies ranging from air to garlic.

The Progress M-29M spacecraft blasted off from Russia's space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, October 1 and docked at the space station within hours.

Russian Mission Control and NASA said both the launch and the docking were trouble-free. A Progress launch in April ended in failure and a U.S. supply mission failed in June when the SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart shortly after takeoff.

The goods aboard the cargo ship included grapefruit, oranges, chocolates, peanuts, jam, ketchup and mustard as well as fuel.

The current crew of the ISS includes Russia's Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, and Sergey Volkov, U.S. astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui.

Based on reporting by AP and TASS