NASA TV carries coverage of launch of Russian cargo delivery to International Space Station

NASA has reported it aired live coverage of the launch of a Russian cargo ship loaded with almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station, the agency said.

Coverage, which began July 9, aired on NASA Television and the agency´s website.

The ISS Progress 70 spacecraft lifted off at 5:51 p.m. EDT July 9 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Progress 70 cargo vehicle, planned for a fast-track to the space station, docked at 9:39 p.m. The less-than-four-hour trip demonstrated an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches.

Progress 70 will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019.

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