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Russian Cargo Ship Launched To Space Station After Two-Day Delay

A Russian Soyuz booster rocket, carrying the Progress cargo space craft, blasts off for the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in February 2017.

An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft has blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS), two days after the original launch was delayed.

Russian space agency Roskosmos said the Progress-class capsule carrying 2.7 tons of food, fuel, and other supplies entered orbit on February 13, minutes after liftoff from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

It is also carrying equipment for the German-Russian ICARUS research project aimed at studying wildlife-migration patterns.

Docking to the ISS is scheduled for February 15.

The initial launch aimed at testing a new regime for fast deliveries to the space station, docking just 3 1/2 hours after launch.

Roskosmos said the launch was halted at the last minute after an automated command, adding that the reason for the command was under investigation.

The ISS, which is orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth, is currently manned by six astronauts including three Americans, two Russians, and one from Japan.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa
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