KOROLEV /Moscow Region/, October 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket with the Progress MS-21 space freighter blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan early on Wednesday, a TASS correspondent reported from the Mission Control Center.
Rocket orbited the Progress MS-21 space freighter carrying equipment, food and New Year presents for cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The space freighter successfully separated from the upper stage of Soyuz-2-1a launched earlier.
Its flight to the International Space Station (ISS) will be carried under the two-day scheme. Progress MS-21 is to dock with the Poisk research module of the Russian ISS segment at 05:50 Moscow time on October 28.
The spacecraft is to deliver over 2,500 kilograms of cargo to the ISS, including 702 kilograms of fuel, 420 kilograms of water, 41 kilograms of nitrogen and around 1,357 kilograms of various equipment.
It will also deliver fresh food and clothes for the ISS crew and filament coils for 3D printing on board the orbital outpost.
The space freighter is also carrying New Year presents for the ISS crew, Russian cosmonaut and TASS special correspondent aboard the ISS Dmitry Petelin reported. The presents were packed by the cosmonauts’ family members and the psychological support team, and will be unboxed on New Year’s Eve.