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a Russian The rocket launched successfully on Wednesday to deliver a new docking module to the International Space Station.

The rocket launched as of 6:06 p.m. (1306 GMT) from the Russian Launch Facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying the Progress cargo ship with the Prichal (Pier) docking module.


The vehicle successfully entered a designated orbit nine minutes after launch and is set to dock at the station on Friday, attached to the new Russian Ferry (Science) Laboratory module added to the station in July.

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The new circular module with six docking ports will allow a possible future expansion of the Russian section of the station.

Earlier this week, Russian crew on the station began training for Pritchell’s arrival, simulating the use of manual controls in case the automatic docking system fails.

A Soyuz rocket explodes from the launch pad of Russia's space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

The space outpost is currently manned by NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and Mark Vande Hei; Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov; and Matthias Maurer of the European Space Agency.