Russian cargo ship tightens up orbital parking

With today’s arrival of a Russian Progress cargo ship, the International Space Station now has three robotic spaceships and a Soyuz lifeboat parked at its ports. Two days after its launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, the robotic Progress ship hooked up to the station’s Zvezda service module at 4:37 a.m. PT to deliver more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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