Progress links up with Mir
Posted: Feb. 3, 2000
The craft was launched into space two days ago atop a Russian Soyuz rocket.
The Progress is loaded with supplies and equipment to be used by a new Mir crew expected to arrive at the station in late March for a two-month mission.
Mir was abandoned last August, but planning is underway to reopen the 14-year old outpost, potentially for commercial endeavors.
The station was battered by a series of computer breakdowns, a dangerous fire and collision with a previous Progress ship over the past few years.
In other Russian space news, a Zenit rocket is scheduled for launch today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a classified military payload. The launch has been planned for Wednesday but a power problem at Baikonur forced a one-day delay, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
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