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Space Station Crew Awaits Vital Food Supplies


A Russian spaceship is set to dock at the International Space Station Saturday to deliver badly needed food to the two-man crew.

The crew members have been forced to ration their food, after U.S. and Russian space officials discovered their supplies were quickly running out.

The Russian cargo vessel is carrying more than two tons of food, water and equipment. It is scheduled to arrive at the space station at around 23:30 UTC.

NASA officials say Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov and U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao will be forced to return to Earth if the cargo vessel does not successfully dock at the station.

In addition to food, the vessel will be bringing the men Christmas presents from their family and friends.
Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP

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