An unmanned Russian spacecraft was making its way to the International Space Station following its successful launch into orbit on an important resupply mission.
The Progress M-27M spacecraft was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 2. It was scheduled to dock with the space station July 5 to deliver 3 tons of fuel and supplies following the failure of three successive ISS resupply missions.
The Progress was loaded with food, water, propellant, oxygen, spare parts and equipment for logistics and experiments. NASA said after the failure of a June 28 mission by SpaceX that the International Space Station has adequate supplies to last until at least October.
There are three crewmembers aboard the ISS — Russians Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and NASA’s Scott Kelly — following the return of three other ISS astronauts last month. Three new crewmembers are set to travel to the ISS aboard a Russian spacecraft later this month.
The Kazakhstan launch was the first for a Progress spacecraft since since the loss of a Progress cargo craft on April 28. In that mission, a Soyuz rocket used to propel the spacecraft failed due to a third-stage leak from fuel and oxidizer tanks.
An investigation into the SpaceX mishap was continuing.