Russian freighter delivers Halloween treats to the International Space Station



An unmanned Russian freighter docked with the International Space Station late Friday (October 29) to deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies and a few treats just before Halloween.

The supply vessel, called Progress 79, docked at the space station on Friday two days after launch into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The two ships met at 9:31 p.m. EDT (131 October 30 GMT) as they sailed 258 miles over Argentina, just south of Buenos Aires.

“It doesn’t get much smoother than that,” NASA spokesman Rob Navias said of the docking during a live commentary. “A flawless ride from the Baikonur launch pad to the docking with the International Space Station.”

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The Progress 79 unmanned cargo ship approaches the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module during in-orbit docking operations on October 29, 2021. (Image credit: NASA TV)

Navias said the Progress freighter was carrying 5,623 pounds (2,550 kilograms) of supplies for the seven Expedition 66 crew members currently living on the International Space Station. This load likely includes some tasty treats, like fruits and vegetables, as fresh food is typically included in every delivery of Progress cargo.

Progress 79 cargo includes 3,351 pounds (1,520 kg) of dry cargo, 1,212 pounds (550 kg) of rocket fuel, 926 pounds (420 kg) of water, 106 pounds (48 kg) of air and 28 pounds (13 kg) of nitrogen, according to Navias.

The arrival of Progress 79 comes during a busy weekend for the space station crew.

On Sunday, October 31, commercial company SpaceX will launch four astronauts to the station as part of the Crew-3 mission for NASA. Liftoff is scheduled for 02:21 EDT (0621 GMT) from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission will launch NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer to the space station to begin a six-month expedition.

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