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    RUSSIAN CARRIER ROCKET SOYUZ AND PROGRESS CARGO VEHICLE LAUNCHED TO ISS

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    MOSCOW, January 29 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Kovalev) - The Progress-M1-11 cargo vehicle was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur space center at 14.58 Moscow time.

    The vehicle is to deliver equipment for on-board systems of the Russian module Zarya, equipment to determine gas composition, new linen, hygienic means and parcels for the crewmen, the mission control told RIA Novosti.

    In addition, the vehicle will deliver fuel for orientation engines, water, food, research equipment, two models to measure the radiation level and new Orlan spacesuits. The total weight of the cargoes is 2,408 kilograms.

    The automatic docking of the Progress and the International Space Station will take place on January 31 at 16.20 Moscow time.

    After the crash of the US shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003, Russia is the only country delivering crewmen and cargoes into orbit. In 2004 the Russian Aerospace Agency will launch two piloted Soyuz spaceships and four Progress cargo vehicles to the International Space Station.

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