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Damaged Russian ship docks with space station

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:03 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2013


MOSCOW » A Russian cargo spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station, despite the failure of an antenna on its navigation system to deploy.

The unmanned Progress cargo ship was launched Wednesday from Russia's main space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The antenna didn't deploy when the craft reached orbit and Russian mission control tried repeatedly to prod it into action.

However, the ship carrying more than three tons of food, oxygen, water and equipment was able to dock today on automatic pilot, according to video from Russian mission control. There were initial concerns the undeployed antenna might interfere physically with the docking.

The U.S. agency NASA said the space station crew would conduct leak checks and then unload the cargo.







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cojef wrote:
As long as he food is edible, that's all that matters. Of course the non-functioning antenna may impact other aspects of the flight back home.
on April 26,2013 | 10:08AM
hanalei395 wrote:
After unloading, that cargo ship is then loaded with trash from the space station, and sent on its way to be burned-up once it hits the Earth's atmosphere.
on April 26,2013 | 10:42AM
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