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Supply vehicle docks with station today
By Tom Breen
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Russian supply spacecraft is on schedule to connect 
with the International Space Station this afternoon.

The docking of the 7-ton Progress, which is set for 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT), 
is to be televised on NASA TV. NASA TV will start televising at 4 p.m. EDT 
(2000 GMT).

Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan on Sunday aboard a Russian 
Soyuz rocket, the Progress is carrying food, supplies and equipment intended 
for future resident crews of the station.

Late Monday, the Progress was wending its way toward the station, about 240 
miles above Earth, with no problems.

Near Moscow, Russian mission controllers were overseeing the Progress' path, 
with a NASA team monitoring the spacecraft as well. "Everything is going 
perfectly," NASA spokesman Rob Navias said Monday from the Johnson Space 
Center in Houston. "The (spacecraft) is in excellent condition."

After the Progress arrives at the station, it will remained packed with its 
supplies until the shuttle Atlantis crew arrives in early September. The 
Atlantis crew will unpack Progress.

The planned docking today will mark yet another step forward for the station, 
which had been mired in long delays until Russia's Zvezda Service Module was 
sent into space in July.

With Zvezda in place, the station now has living quarters for the resident 

The first resident crew is scheduled to arrive at the station in November.

That crew will be made up of American commander Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko 
and Sergei Krikalev.

Shepherd and the others will live and work on the station for four months, 
with the second live-in crew due in February.

Built by the United States, Russia and 14 other nations, the station is the 
largest multination engineering project ever undertaken. 
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