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Russian Progress Cargo Spacecraft Set to Approach International Space Station (LIVE STREAM)

Apr 09, 2014 02:17 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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The Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is set to arrive and attach its self to NASA's International Space Station early Wednesday evening after launching with assistance from the Soyuz Rocket Space.com reported.

A live stream on Space.com will enable interested viewers to see the event online firsthand.

The journey is 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 Workers are injecting liquid oxygen and keroscene into the space vessel shortly before it ascends into space. 

The spacecraft is carrying 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.

The International Space Station has been receiving a lot of traffic as of late as NASA brings more supplies to the equipment which include an unsupervised Dragon vehicle that will transport 5,000 pounds of freight including a robot dubbed Robonaut 2 via the Space X Falcon 9 rocket Fox News reported.

"These new legs, funded by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 [Robonaut 2] the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station," NASA officials said in a statement on March 12 Fox News reported. "The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research."

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