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Russia Cargo Ship is Launched to Space Station - 2003-06-08


A Russian space cargo carrier is on its way to the International Space Station after a successful launch from Kazakhstan.

The Progress M1-10 vessel was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday and is scheduled to dock at the station on Wednesday. It is loaded with more than two tons of food, water and other supplies for the outpost's two-man crew.

With the U.S. space shuttle out of service since the Columbia disaster in February, Russia's Progress cargo carrier and its unmanned Soyuz capsule are the only transportation links to the 16-nation space station.

The next Progress to make the three day flight is scheduled to blast off in August.

The current station inhabitants, American Ed Lu and Russian Yuri Malenchenko, have been aboard since April 28.

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