Progress 66 Cargo Ship arrives at the International Space Station

A robotic Russian cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Friday, February 24 to deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

It is the second cargo ship to arrive at the station in as many days after a SpaceX Dragon capsule made its own delivery of 5,500 lbs. of supplies on Thursday.

Progress 66 supply ship docked at the space station at 3:30 a.m. EST (0830 GMT), parking itself at the station’s Russian-built Pirs docking module.

Russia’s Progress vehicles and SpaceX’s Dragon capsules are part of a fleet of robotic spacecraft that deliver vital supplies to the International Space Station. Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital ATK and Japanese H-2 Transfer Vehicles round out the current fleet.

Roscosmos launched Progress 66 into space on Wednesday, February 22 utilizing a Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was Russia’s first payload delivery to the space station since the loss of the Progress 65 supply ship on December 1, 2016.


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