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Russian space freighter set to dock with orbital station

© RIA Novosti . Oleg Urusov / Go to the photo bankRussia launched a Soyuz carrier rocket with the Progress M-08M cargo spacecraft on October 27 from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.
Russia launched a Soyuz carrier rocket with the Progress M-08M cargo spacecraft on October 27 from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. - Sputnik International
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A Russian space freighter is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday evening.

A Russian space freighter is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday evening, a Russian space official said.

Russia launched a Soyuz carrier rocket with the Progress M-08M cargo spacecraft on October 27 from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan.

"The freighter will deliver scientific equipment, fuel, food and parcels from relatives to the ISS crew," a Roscosmos spokesman said.

Progress M-08M is expected to dock automatically with the Pirs docking module on the ISS earlier vacated by Progress M-05M.

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

MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti)

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