Fiftieth Progress — Progress M-18M was launched and is already docked to the ISS

A space truck "Progress M-18M" was launched to the ISS. This is the fiftieth account ISS supply ship and one hundred and forty-one in Bates. Docking occurred on February 12, at 00:35, five minutes before the plan.

Prior to ISS ‘progress‘ service station "Salyut-6", "Salyut-7" and "Mir". As the spacecraft "Soyuz" and "Progress" is constantly being upgraded. One of the latest innovations — the "fast" convergence with the ISS at 6:00 instead of 48. In the spring groundwork for a new way of rapprochement will be moved to the "Unions".

A cargo ship are consumables (water, food, oxygen, spare parts) and equipment for scientific experiments:

  • "Relaxation"study upper atmosphere during operation in rocket engines are
  • "Lightning-GAMMA" — study of lightning in the upper atmosphere, discharges of "Sprite" and "Jet", the mechanism of origin of which is not yet clear.
  • "Immune" — study the effect of space flight on the immune system.
  • "The Situation" — study the effect of "space weather" on the ionosphere
  • "Bacteriophage" — vlyaniya study of space flight on bacteriophages. For reference, bacteriophages — a potential addition to antibiotics, which has its big advantages.
  • "BAR" — study of methods for the determination of air leakage from ISS

 

UPD: Video of start-up in the best quality:

 

UPD: beautiful pictures of the RSC "Energia" and TSENKI

 http://www.energia.ru/ru/…ss_m-18m/photo_02-11.html 

 http://www.tsenki.com/new…_tsenki/?ELEMENT_ID=97630 

 

     

    UPD: beautiful pictures of the RSC "Energia" and TSENKI

     http://www.energia.ru/ru/…ss_m-18m/photo_02-11.html 

     http://www.tsenki.com/new…_tsenki/?ELEMENT_ID=97630 

     

     

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