Russian cargo ship delivers early Halloween treats to the International Space Station


An unmanned Russian cargo ship connected to the International Space Station late Friday (October 29) to deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies and some goodies just before Halloween.

The supply ship called Progress 79 docked at the space station two days later on Friday Launch into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The two ships met at 9:31 p.m. EDT (October 131, 30 GMT) as they sailed 258 miles over Argentina, south of Buenos Aires.

“It doesn’t get much smoother,” said NASA spokesman Rob Navias of the docking during the live commentary. “A flawless ride from the launch pad in Baikonur to docking with the International Space Station.”

Related: How Russia’s Progress Cargo Ships Work (Infographic)

The unmanned cargo ship Progress 79 will approach the service module Zvezda of the International Space Station ISS on October 29, 2021 during the docking process in orbit. (Photo credit: NASA TV)

Navias said the Progress cargo ship is carrying 5,623 pounds (2,550 kilograms) of supplies for the seven Expedition 66 crew members currently living on the International Space Station. This cargo is likely to include some goodies like fruits and vegetables as fresh groceries are usually part of every shipment from Progress cargo ships.

Progress 79’s cargo includes 1,520 kg of dry cargo, 550 kg of rocket fuel, 420 kg of water, 48 kg of air and 13 kg of nitrogen, according to Navias.

Progress 79 arrives during a busy weekend for the space station crew.

On Sunday (October 31st), commercial company SpaceX will bring four astronauts to the station on the Crew 3 mission for NASA. Launch is set for 2:21 p.m. EDT (0621 GMT) from pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX’s Crew 3 mission will bring NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer to the space station to begin a six-month expedition.

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