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Russian Progress lifts off



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC
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June 8, 2003, 11:01PM

Russian Progress lifts off
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle

An unmanned Russian Progress cargo capsule lifted off early Sunday for
the international space station with nearly 5,300 pounds of supplies,
including vital water and spare parts for life support systems. 

The launch at Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:34 a.m.
CDT placed the craft on course to dock with the 240-mile-high space
station early Wednesday. 

The regular launching of the capsules has become crucial to the space
station in the aftermath of the Feb. 1 Columbia accident. The tragedy
grounded NASA's shuttle fleet, suspending supply and assembly missions
indefinitely. 

The Progress cargo includes 90 gallons of water that will be converted
to oxygen for breathing or used for drinking. Other cargo among the 123
items includes spare parts for the U.S. and Russian mechanisms that
generate oxygen and recycle breathing air, food, clothing, rechargeable
batteries, a medical kit and research gear. 




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