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Russian Cargo Ship Blasts Off For Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft has blasted off on a mission to carry some 2.4 tons of food, fuel, and mail to the crew on board the International Space Station.

The Progress ship lifted off aboard a rocket in the early morning on November 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The capsule is carrying 187 kilograms of food and 46 kilograms of private mail, DVDs, and other supplies for the six-member space station crew, which includes Russians, Americans, and a Japanese astronaut.

The spacecraft is planned to arrive at the space station on Friday.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and dpa