An uncrewed Russian cargo ship has blasted off on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
The Progress MS-17 lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
👏👏 We have liftoff!
The @Roscosmos Progress cargo spacecraft launched at 7:27pm ET (23:27 UT), beginning its two-day journey to the @Space_Station. pic.twitter.com/vXzW8oi2xt
— NASA (@NASA) June 29, 2021
It is scheduled to dock at the station in two days, delivering food, fuel, equipment and supplies for the seven residents.
The orbiting outpost is currently operated by Nasa astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; Russians Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.