December 12, 2018

Photos: Russian cargo craft fires away from snow-covered cosmodrome


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Russia’s Progress MS-05 supply ship lifted off Wednesday on top of a Soyuz-U rocket, climbing into orbit from a snow-covered launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the way to the International Space Station.

The robotic cargo freighter is carrying more than 2.5 tons of dry goods, propellant, water and oxygen to the space station. Docking is scheduled for Friday.

Liftoff occurred at 11:58:33 a.m. local time at Baikonur (0558:33 GMT; 12:58:33 a.m. EST) Wednesday on the final flight of the Soyuz-U version of Russia’s venerable Soyuz rocket family. Modernized Soyuz configurations are now flying with upgraded engines.

Read our full story on the launch.

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