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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Russian Progress M-16M Spacecraft Docks with ISS
Moscow, Aug 2.- The Russian cargo ship Progress M-16M made today a connection with the International Space Station (ISS), just six hours after launch, using the Soyuz-U rocket from ''Gagarin'' launch pad in Kazakhstan''s Cosmodrome, Baikonur.
For the first time in history the ISS uses such short time to carry out the docking maneuver since Progress M-16M spaceship was separated from the carrier rocket, nine minutes later its launching, the Flight Center addressed.
The mentioned spacecraft is carrying to the orbital complex a load of two tones and a half, including combustible, oxygen, equipment for scientific experiments, medical supplies, food and water, as well as correspondence to six crew members.
According to Roskosmo headquarters, after the successful docking in a short version of flight, instead of the two habitual days of activities, another test will be held and they will start getting ready to propose the same time for Soyuz' manned craft flights.
This decision responds to the fact that astronauts flying in the ISS arrive very exhausted, due to the Soyuz manned ships are small, lack conditioners to keep a comfortable temperature and the astronauts can scarcely carry out experiments, Roskosmos said.
Furthermore, after the retirement of U.S. Shattle, which required security height of 350 kilometers, ISS can now raise to 400 kilometers and make the docking in a shorter time, without incident, the source noted. (Prensa Latina)
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