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Russian Supply Ship Blasts Off for International Space Station

Russia has launched an unmanned supply ship to deliver food, fuel and holiday gifts to the crew aboard the International Space Station.

Russian space agency officials say the "Progress M-55" blasted off from the Baikonur space center Wedenesday. The craft is expected to dock with the space station on Friday.

Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and American astronaut William McArthur have been on the space station since October.

The Progress craft is the 20th to make deliveries to the space station.

Russian spacecraft are the only vehicles currently delivering crews and supplies to the International Space Station. The U.S. space shuttle program remains grounded as officials seek to fix the problem of foam insulation peeling off the craft's external fuel tank during launch.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.