Progress M-20M resupply spaceship docks with ISS

Progress M-20M resupply spaceship launched with a Soyuz-U space rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in the early hours of Sunday, Interfax-AVN was told at the Federal Space Agency

Progress M-20M resupply spaceship launched with a Soyuz-U space rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in the early hours of Sunday, Interfax-AVN was told at the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).

"Progress M-20M docked with Pirs docking module. After a check of air-tightness the crewmembers with open the hatches and start unloading it," a Roscosmos spokesman said.

It was the third launch of Progress made by Russia this year under the ISS program. The previous resupply spaceships were launched in February and April.

Progress M-20M delivered fuel, air, oxygen, food, equipment for scientific experiments and parcels for crewmembers.

Earlier chief of the nutrition section of the Institute for Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Agureyev told Interfax-AVN that Progress M-20M would carry meals, parcels from relatives containing mainly various sweets and a package of fresh food and vegetables to the crew.

"We put apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes and onions into the package of fresh fruit and vegetables and added mayonnaise, sausages with garlic and bacon," he said.

The ISS is operated by Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin and Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Karen Nyberg, and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano.

Soyuz is one of the most reliable space rockets. Nevertheless, the one that took off from Baikonur on August 24, 2011 failed to take Progress M-12M resupply spaceship to orbit. The engine of its third stage failed. Fragments of the rocket fell over the territory of Altai.

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