Topic: Russian space programs
The Progress M-18M spacecraft, launched on Monday, performed an automated docking with the International Space Station (ISS)© Roskosmos
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KOROLYOV, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - The Progress M-18M spacecraft, launched on Monday, performed an automated docking with the International Space Station (ISS) early on Tuesday, a mission control spokesman said.
“The docking… was carried out in automated regime, as scheduled,” the spokesman said.
Progress M-18M cargo spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur site in Kazakhstan and put into orbit on Monday.
The spacecraft is delivering water, food, personal hygiene items, medical and photo equipment, Russian flags and presents for the ISS crew.
With a record of more than 130 launches since 1972, Progress-family freighters remain the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the space station’s orbit and conduct scientific experiments.
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