Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Russian Cargo Ship Makes Fastest-ever Trip to Space Station

It was launched at 5:51 p.m. ET by a Soyuz-2 rocket from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

It was carrying almost three tons of food, fuel and other supplies for the stations Expedition 56 crew.

NASA said that the fast trip to the station was meant to test an expedited capability that could be used on future Russian cargo and crew launch missions.

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This time around, the Russian Progress freighter travelled from Earth to the ISS in three hours and 40 minutes.

Russian Cargo Ship Has Delivered a Fresh Load of Fuel, Food, and Other Supplies For the International Space Station.

The spacecraft is expected to dock at the space station at 9:39 p.m. ET.

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The cargo vehicle will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019, NASA said. But when Progress 70 undocks from the ISS, it will take something else back home with it: the entire Pirs docking compartment.

Dr Gerst, a geophysicist who was selected in 2009 to take part in space training and is now on his second space mission, wrote: "By orbiting the Earth nearly 16 times per day, the #ISS crew travel the distance to the Moon and back - every day". The new module was originally scheduled to launch in 2007 but has suffered several delays over the last decade.

Today's launch marks the third attempt to send a Progress cargo ship to the ISS via this new fast track. Previously resupply missions with "Progress" spacecraft have taken either six hours (four orbits) or two days (34 orbits). The vehicles look like Russia's crewed, three-module Soyuz spacecraft but can not carry people.

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