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Russia to send freighter with candy, books to ISS

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Russia will launch a cargo module to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 28, mission control said on Tuesday.

Russia will launch a cargo module to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 28, mission control said on Tuesday.

It said the Progress M-05M freighter will lift off on a Soyuz-U rocket at 21:15 Moscow time from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and is due to dock with the ISS at 23:35 Moscow time.

Mission control said it will deliver over 2.5 tons of supplies, including equipment, parcels from home, chocolate, candy, new video films and books.

Progress-series freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the ISS orbit and conduct scientific experiments.

Russia "buried" its last analog - as opposed to digitally controlled - space freighter, the Progress M-67, in the Pacific in September.

MOSCOW, April 27 (RIA Novosti)