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Last week, Russia’s space program upped our standard for “express delivery,” shipping 3 tonnes of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) in just 3 hours, 48 minutes — breaking the record for fastest space cargo mission to orbit.
The “Progress 70” spacecraft, propelled by the old reliable Soviet-era Soyuz booster, departed on the 140,000 km (86,000 mile) roundtrip journey from Kazakhstan at 5:51 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT) last Monday and arrived at the ISS by 9:31 p.m.
Six-person Expedition 56, comprised of three Americans, two Russians and one German crew members, launched last month and is set to return in October. The group is studying the behavior of atoms in extreme conditions and conducting tests that could “expand navigation capabilities and prepare for future travel far from Earth,” said an ISS statement.
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