In Pictures: Russian Spacecraft Ends Streak of Station Supply Mishaps
On a hot Kazakh morning, a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress M-28M spacecraft launched toward the International Space Station. It was just after midnight, Friday, July 3 on the U.S. east coast, but judging from Twitter, a larger-than-average contingent of the spaceflight community was watching live on NASA TV.
As Progress pulled into port at the Pirs docking compartment today, the collective nail biting ended—at least, for now. The spacecraft is carrying more than three tons of food, supplies and fuel—the latter necessary to periodically boost the station's orbit. Progress will remain attached to the ISS for four months.
Progress M-28M on the pad
Progress M-28M liftoff
Progress M-28M soars into the sky
Progress M-28M tracks down the ISS
The Russian Progress M-28M resupply spacecraft approaches the International Space Station, which can be seen at a distance in this view from the vehicle.