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Progress launched to ISS
Posted: Tue, May 25, 2004, 1:54 PM ET (1754 GMT)
Soyuz launch (Energia file photo) A Soyuz rocket launched a Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on Tuesday. The Soyuz booster lifted off from Baikonur at 8:34 am EDT (1234 GMT) and placed the Progress M-49 (called Progress 14P by NASA) into low Earth orbit. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the aft port on the station's Zvezda module Thursday at 9:55 am EDT (1355 GMT). The spacecraft is carrying 2.5 tons of food, water, propellant, and other supplies for the station. Had the launch failed, or if the spacecraft is unable to dock with the station, the crew could be forced to return to Earth in July: Florida Today reported that without the new Progress the station currently only has enough water to last until the beginning of August. Progress M1-11 (Progress 13P), which had been docked to the aft port on Zvezda, undocked from the station early Monday. It will remain in orbit for several weeks for engineering tests before deorbiting.
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