An unmanned Russian Progress supply ship blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Friday, rocketing smoothly into orbit and setting off for the International Space Station.
Loaded with 2.8 tons of supplies and equipment, the Progress M-15M spacecraft lifted off at 8:50:24 a.m. EDT and climbed away through a nearly cloudless sky. Eight minutes and 45 seconds later, the spacecraft slipped into orbit.
"A flawless launch," said NASA mission control commentator Rob Navias in Houston. "The Progress now in its preliminary orbit, headed for the International Space Station."
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