The Progress was undocked at 6:19 a.m. EDT, some 250 miles above northwestern China. The spacecraft began moving away from the space station toward a safe place for Russian flight engineers to trigger its reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The craft is expected to burn up over the Pacific Ocean during reentry.
The ISS Progress 58 arrived at the ISS six hours after its launch from Kazakhstan on Feb. 17. It brought three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the spacecrew aboard the orbiting lab.
On Aug. 28, ISS crew will perform a maneuver of the space station’s remaining Soyuz spacecraft.
Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscocmos will move the Soyuz from its current module to a docking port to allow the Sept. 2 delivery of a new Soyuz. The arriving Soyuz will remain docked for several months, then will be used next March to transport Kelly and Kornienko home after one year in space.
Meantime, Japanese space agency JAXA is set to launch a new ISS cargo craft on Aug. 17. The unpiloted craft — named Kounotori, or “White Stork” — will carry more than 4.5 tons of water, spare parts and other supplies in a four-day journey to the space station. Its launch was postponed this week by one day due to bad weather expected Aug. 16. Update: The Kounotori launch occurred Aug. 19.