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Russian Cargo Ship Heads to Space Station with Crucial Food Supply

A Russian cargo ship has blasted off with badly-needed supplies for the International Space Station, where the crew is facing a critical food shortage.

The ship took off from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Friday. It is expected to reach the space station by Sunday with more than two tons of food, water, and equipment.

U.S. and Russian space officials became alarmed earlier this month when they discovered that food supplies on the space station were quickly running out.

NASA has said there is enough food on board to last until early January.

Russian officials have said the crew would evacuate the space station if the cargo ship fails to get there.

Some information provided by AP and AFP.