| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Russia launches cargo ship to space station

From Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome, Russia successfully launched an unmanned space freighter carrying supplies to the International Space Station on Wednesday.

The Progress spacecraft was launched from the Kazakh steppes at 02:27 a.m. Moscow time (2327 GMT) and entered its target orbit, according to the Roscosmos space agency.

The autonomous docking with the ISS is set to take place at 0402 Moscow time (0102 GMT) on Friday.

The Progress MS-17 is carrying over 470 kilograms of fuel, 420 liters of water and various other supplies.

The Russian space program is famous for sending the first man into space in 1961 and launching the first satellite, Sputnik 1, four years earlier, and its accomplishments are a source of national pride.

However, the government has suffered a series of setbacks in the last decade, including the loss of pricey satellites and Progress supply ships.

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