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Russian Spacecraft Travels to International Space Station Wednesday

Apr 08, 2014 05:10 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
Russian Progress Spacecraft, International Space Station, Space Travel

The International Space Station is set to receive new supplies when the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft travels to the equipment via the Soyuz rocket ship Wednesday Space Flight Now reported Tuesday.

The journey will be the 55th time a Progress has gone up into space dating back to the start of freight shipments in 2000.

The rocket came out of hiding Monday from the facility at Bakonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan it was staying in via a unique railroad car Space Flight Now reported.

The craft and rocket came to its place for liftoff where workers elevated it to ready it for space travel, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Workers will inject liquid oxygen and keroscene into the space vessel shortly before it ascends into space. The space travel will go on as planned.

"We are in no way raising the question or trying to develop a response (to NASA's announcement) because we don't see any grounds for it," Denis Lyskov, deputy chief at Russian space agency Roscosmos told United Press International.

NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, and Russian astronauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are on the six month journey that is taking them to the station through use of a fast track method of travel that reportedly has only been used four previous times.

The astronauts' route also changed from 34 rotations around the Earth rather than the intended four, which they originally mapped out.

ASA depends on Russia to transport astronauts to the International Space Station via the rocket, along with supplying it with proper energy to move around and conduct significant movements.

The spacecraft will carry over 1,700 pounds of propellant or fuel, 926 pounds of water, 48 pounds of oxygen, and over 3,100 pounds of cargo including extra parts, scientific experiments, food and additional supplies for the six astronauts on board Space Flight Now reported.

Logistics are conducted through use of satellites run by solar energy, and ones meant for communication The Telegraph reported.

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