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Russia says cargo ship on way to space station

Russian Mission Control says a cargo ship is on its way to the international space station bearing gifts and supplies.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Russian Mission Control says a cargo ship is on its way to the international space station bearing gifts and supplies.

Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said the unmanned Progress M-02M lifted off from Kazakhstan on schedule Thursday and should dock with the space station Tuesday.

The five-day trip is longer than usual. It's the second voyage of an updated version of the Progress, and Lyndin said Russian space officials want to test its systems after removing kinks discovered in the first flight last November.

The modernized Progress has a new main computer and features a fully digital telemetric system.

Lyndin says the cargo ship is delivering fuel, food and gifts for the crew, as well as a new space suit.