Moscow | The ship Russian cargo Progress with more than 2.5 tonnes of cargo on board has docked Saturday with the international space Station (ISS), announced the Russian space agency Roskosmos.
Started 1 hour 51 GMT Saturday (Friday at 21 h 51 in Montreal) by a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Progress has reached the Station in record time of 3 hours 20 minutes, thus becoming “the ship the fastest in the history of flights to the ISS”, according to Roskosmos.
The freighter ship, including the docking took place automatically, has transported to the ISS fuel, water, equipment for scientific experiments, food, clothing and medicines.
The launch was dedicated to the 75 years of the victory over nazi Germany that Russia will celebrate the 9 may, said Roskosmos.
The rocket launcher was on this occasion adorned with the image of a ribbon of orange and black of St. George, a symbol of the struggle of the soviet people against the nazis, according to the same source.
The crew of the current ISS is comprised of american astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Ivan Wagner and Anatoly Ivanichine.
The ISS is a rare example of international cooperation has not been put off by the tensions in recent years between Russia and the western countries.