Soyuz-U rocket with space truck Progress M-17M was launched from Baikonur

Carrier rocket "Soyuz-U" with a cargo ship "Progress M-17M" at 11.41 MSK on October 31 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

A space truck "Progress M-17M", launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been scheduled for Wednesday with the rocket "Soyuz-U" will bring to the ISS nearly 2.4 tons of cargo, in particular, oxygen, food and water in the tanks of the "Spring", told RIA Novosti the Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC) TsNIIMASH. Launch rocket "Soyuz-U" with a docked ship "Progress M-13M" was realized at 11:41 MSK. "Rocket" Soyuz-U "has successfully led the Russian truck into orbit," — said in a statement. With the Department of the third stage rocket NASA has reported success running. The ship came to an intermediate orbit and sent to the ISS. "The launch was like a dream, an ideal textbook," — noted in NASA. This will be the second ship in the history of the ISS, which will be docked to the station after six hours after the start. The first ship docked to the ISS for a "quick" scheme was "Progress M-16M" (in August). He delivered the goods to the station in record time — six hours instead of the usual two days.

Currently, the "Progress M-16M" is docked to the station. Thus, when docked to the station "Progress M-17M", the ISS will have two cargo ships, but in February 2013, "Progress M-16M" will be undocked from the station and sunk in the Pacific Ocean, and then remain in the ISS Only one cargo ship.

"Progress M-17M" also bring to the ISS books, gifts, fuel tanks refueling systems, medical equipment, clothes, personal hygiene items and equipment for scientific experiments carried out at the station. In addition, the "Progress" will deliver to the ISS equipment for the U.S. segment of the station, including food and sanitary facilities. In one of them at the request of the crew will even garlic. The total mass of the delivered goods — 2 tons 397 kilograms.

And as it became known today as the orbit of the ISS may have to be adjusted. By approaching the station chip American satellite, the flight path of which is still impossible to predict. 

Currently, the ISS astronauts are keeping watch Roscosmos Yuri Malenchenko, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Kevin Ford, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide JAXA.

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