Russia's Progress MS-14 Cargo Craft Docks With ISS

Russian  progress MS-14 cargo craft, launched on April 25 at 04:51 Moscow time from the Baikonur cosmodrome, has docked successfully with the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian space agency Roscosmos has transmitted the docking on its website.

An unmanned Russian cargo capsule has docked with the International Space Station, bringing more than two tons of supplies to the three-person crew. There are three astronauts aboard the space station: Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and Chris Cassidy of the US.

The Progress spacecraft docked at 0512 GMT Saturday, about 3 1/2 hours after blasting off from Russia’s Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan.

Roscosmos has taken the rare step of giving this Soyuz rocket a name: “Victory Rocket”.  The name is part of Russia’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the decisive Soviet victory over Nazi and Axis Power forces at the end of World War II in May 1945.

The cargo craft will deliver the Victory Day (the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Second World War) paraphernalia to the ISS, as well as data on the war fighters within the "Immortal Regiment on the ISS" project.

The cargo spacecraft will also deliver 420 kilograms of water, 46 kg of oxygen, 700 kg of fuel and 1,350 kg of dry cargo. Last week, Roscosmos tweeted a photo of the goods prepared for launch: oranges, grapefruits and sausages.

The previous cargo launch happened on December 6, 2019. That time, the flight took three days: the Progress reached the ISS in two days, but idled for another day to provide NASA with a reserve day to dock the Dragon spacecraft.

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