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Progress MS-08 Cargo Ship Launches on Two-Day Trek to ISS

13 Feb 2018, 22:24 UTC
Progress MS-08 Cargo Ship Launches on Two-Day Trek to ISS
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After a two-day launch delay, Progress MS-08, an autonomous Russian cargo spacecraft, is on its way to the International Space Station. Liftoff took place atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket occurred at 3:13 a.m. EST (08:13 GMT) Feb. 13, 2018, from launch pad 31 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is carrying some 3,060 pounds (1,390 kilograms) of dry cargo,1,960 lbs (890 kilograms) fuel, and 926 lbs (420 kilograms) of water, as well as 100 lbs (46 kilograms) of oxygen to the outpost.Progress MS-08 will spend 34 orbits catching up with the ISS before docking to the aft port of the Zvezda service module at the rear of the orbiting laboratory. Docking is anticipated to occur around 5:43 a.m. EST (10:43 GMT) Feb. 15, 2018.The mission was supposed to occur on Feb. 11. However, the countdown was scrubbed less than a minute before the flight was scheduled to get underway. Everything during the attempt appeared to proceed smoothly up to the abort. At around 35 seconds prior to the planned liftoff time, the first of two umbilical towers were retracted as planned. A second, smaller tower was supposed to retract around the 12-second mark to trigger the launch ignition ...

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