Image: Cargo ship's approach
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A Progress ship approaches head-on in this picture, taken Sunday from the international space station.
updated 8/5/2007 10:00:53 PM ET 2007-08-06T02:00:53

An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying more than 2.5 tons of supplies, equipment and gifts docked successfully Sunday at the international space station, officials said.

The Progress M-61, which lifted off Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, moored at the orbiting outpost at 10:40 p.m. (2:40 p.m. ET), right on schedule, Russia's Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.

"The ship docked faultlessly in automatic mode," Lyndin told The Associated Press.

The ship delivered oxygen, water, food and scientific equipment to the station's crew — Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov, and U.S. astronaut Clayton Anderson.

The cargo ship also brought two spare computers to back up those that failed in June, briefly disabling orientation and oxygen production on the Russian side of the space station. The breakdown was quickly fixed, and the computers have since been working normally.

The breakdown in June was apparently caused by a spike in static electricity while power cables were being hooked up to the station's new solar panels. The crew unplugged and then reconnected the power feed between the U.S. and Russian sections and rebooted the computers, fixing the problem. Engineers also changed the software to make sure the problem was fixed.

Along with other cargo, the spaceship also delivered books, movies, gifts and other personal items for the crew.

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