Riding atop its Soyuz booster rocket, the Russian ISS Progress 45 cargo ship launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:11 a.m. EDT (4:11 p.m. Baikonur time) on Oct. 30, 2011, bound for the International Space Station. It was the first launch of the Soyuz booster that is used for Progress and manned Soyuz launches since a third stage failure of another Soyuz rocket resulted in the loss of the ISS Progress 44 resupply craft on Aug. 24. Progress 45, carrying almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the residents of the station, is scheduled to link up automatically to the Pirs Docking Compartment on the complex on Nov. 2.
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