"The rocket with the Progress M-65 cargo module lifted off from the Baikonur space center at 23:50 Moscow time [19:50 GMT on Wednesday]," the official said.
"The Progress M-65 successfully separated from the Soyuz-U launch vehicle at 23.59 Moscow time [19:59 GMT] and is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on September 13," the source said.
The module will deliver over 2.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station
, including fuel, scientific equipment, oxygen, water, food and medical supplies.
It will also bring the ISS crew the modernized Orlan-MK space suits for future spacewalks.
The current ISS crew comprises Russian astronauts Sergei Volkov
and Oleg Kononenko
, and an U.S. astronaut Greg Chamitoff
. The crew is scheduled to increase from three members to six in May 2009.
The next launch of a manned Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for October 12.
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