Tons of food, fuel and water arriving at the International Space Station
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Tons of food, fuel and water arriving at the International Space Station

In the video the launch of the Progress MS-21 cargo spacecraft departed from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, towards the International Space Station

Today, Wednesday 26 October, the cargo ISS Progress 21 loaded with supplies took off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, towards the International Space Station (ISS).

The cargo spacecraft is expected to dock automatically at the ISS Poisk Module after a two-day voyage, delivering more than 2.5 tons of supplies to the Expedition 68 crew aboard the Station. In total it includes: 702 kilograms of fuel, 420 kilograms of drinking water, fresh food, clothing and hygiene equipment.

The Progress MS-21 mission marks the 65th launch of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket and the eighth this year. It is also the 174th flight of a Progress spacecraft, originally developed and launched in 1978 to refuel the Soviet space station Salyut 6.

The mission of the ISS program is one of the few areas where collaboration between the United States and Russia, along with other international partners, has continued since the conflict in Ukraine began.

These spacecraft are designed to refuel the station and are subsequently filled with trash and disposed of as they re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.

The Progress MS-21 spacecraft was manufactured at the RSC Energia plant in Russia. In 2021, the spacecraft was loaded aboard a train and was transported to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.