Russia Sets New Record For Fastest Supply Mission To The ISS

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That would be the fastest trip yet for a mission to the space station.

Progress 70 pronounced Russia's third such fast-track attempt.

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"The less-than-four-hour trip will demonstrate an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches". The country had positioned to accomplish during headway missions in October 2017 and February of this year but redesigned both in the two day expedition succeeding take off hampering close the orbital-dynamics window needed for uncommonly swift trip. It will take the ISS' crew several months to unload all of it, but once Progress 70 has been emptied, it's slated to bring the 16-foot, 8,000-pound Pirs docking compartment, originally attached to the ISS in 2011, back to Earth. The "Progress" was launched at 2151 GMT on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and arrived at the space station in the early hours of Tuesday, the agency said.

Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, is getting rid of the 17-year-old module to make room for the new Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MDM), also known as Nauka, which has yet to launch to the ISS. In the past, it took the Progress ships about six hours or two days to reach the space outpost.

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The Progress carrier will stay docked to the ISS until January 2019, when it will be stuffed with trash and sent to burn up in the atmosphere, the Space.com website reports.

Russia's Progress spacecraft are not the only vehicles that transport crew supplies and science gear to the ISS.

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