‘Perfect launch’ of Soyuz rocket sends Russian Progress 79 cargo ship to space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a new robotic cargo ship to the International Space Station late Wednesday (Oct. 27) to deliver tons of fresh supplies for astronauts in orbit.

The Soyuz 2.1a rocket launched the Progress 79 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan  8 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 27 (0000 GMT or 5 a.m. local time on Friday) to kick off a two-day chase of the space station. The uncrewed supply ship should arrive at the station late Friday (Oct. 29). 

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