DVDs, snacks headed for space station

With everything from soup to nuts on board as food treats as well as DVD movies to keep up morale for the International Space Station crew, a Russian Progress cargo carrier was launched Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Also among its 2 1/2 tons of cargo of food, fuel, water, equipment and supplies were spacesuit gloves for both crewmembers, Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, who are in the second month of a planned 6-month mission. Those gloves are designed to fit each … well, like a glove.From NASA:New Progress Headed for Space Station

With everything from soup to nuts on board as food treats as well as DVD movies to keep up morale for the International Space Station crew, a Russian Progress cargo carrier was launched Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Also among its 2 1/2 tons of cargo of food, fuel, water, equipment and supplies were spacesuit gloves for both crewmembers, Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, who are in the second month of a planned 6-month mission. Those gloves are designed to fit each … well, like a glove.

The unpiloted Progress 14 was launched right on time at 8:34 a.m. EDT. Less than 10 minutes later, it reached orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigation antennas. It is scheduled for an automatic docking with the Station at 9:55 a.m. on Thursday. Live coverage begins on NASA television at 9 a.m.

The new Progress will occupy the aft port of the Station’s Zvezda Service Module. Its predecessor, Progress 13, was undocked from that port Monday at 5:19 a.m.

With a load of trash and Station discards aboard, it was commanded to move to a parking orbit where Russian engineers will do 10 days of tests aimed at developing methods for future Progresses to conserve propellant. Progress 13 will be deorbited on June 3 to burn up in the atmosphere.

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