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Moscow (AFP) Jan 28, 2012
A Russian cargo vessel docked safely at the International Space Station Saturday carrying mainly water and fuel, the mission control centre said.
The Progress M-14M spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Thursday and arrived at its destination at 0008 GMT, it said in a statement.
There are six men aboard the orbiting space station; three Russians, two Americans and a Dutchman.
Russia has sole responsibility for taking US and other international astronauts to the ISS following the withdrawal of the US space shuttle in July last year, but its own space programme has been hit by a string of problems.
In 2011, the Russian space industry suffered five failed launches.
Last August, a Soyuz rocket and the Progress supply ship it was carrying crashed minutes after blast off from Baikonour, due to a motor failure, paralysing launches destined for the ISS for three months.
In October investigators said negligence was to blame.
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Russia to postpone next manned space launches
Moscow (AFP) Jan 27, 2012
Russia is set to pospone the next two manned launches for the International Space Station (ISS) for several weeks due to technical problems with the Soyuz spaceship, an industry source told Interfax Friday. The source told Interfax that the Soyuz TMA-04M vessel had not withstood tests to its pressure chamber ahead of the planned mission on March 30 and the first flight would be postponed to ... read more
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