Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo ship has blasted off with a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station.

The Progress MS-04 cargo craft lifted off as scheduled at 8:51 p.m. (1451 GMT) Thursday from Russia’s space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered a designated orbit nine minutes later and is set to dock with the space station on Saturday.

The ship is delivering 2.5 metric tons of fuel, water, food and other supplies.

The Progress has been in service for more than four decades, and its current version is fully digital and features an improved docking system.

The space station is currently inhabited by NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, Russians Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Borisenko and Oleg Novitskiy, and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency.