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Russian Cargo Ship Heads For Space Station

1 March 2005 -- A Russian cargo ship blasted off today for the international space station, carrying food, equipment, and other supplies.

Valerii Lyndin, a spokesman for Russia's Mission Control in Korolyov, near Moscow, said the unmanned Progress M-52 spacecraft lifted off on schedule from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The spaceship, which is set to dock with the station on 2 March, carries about 2.5 metric tons of food, water, fuel, and research equipment for Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov and U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao, who have been on the station since October 2004.