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Russian cargo ship arrives at International Space Station

AP  |  Moscow 

A Russian ship has delivered a fresh load of fuel, food, and other supplies for the

The MS-09 lifted off as scheduled at 3:51 am today from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in

The unmanned loaded with nearly three tons of supplies docked at the station in automatic mode less than four hours after the launch.

It marked the first time such fast-track approach was used. In the past, it took the ships about six hours or two days to reach the space outpost.

Russia's space agency said the faster maneuver became possible thanks to a new version of the Soyuz booster rocket, noting that it puts the ship into the orbit with a higher precision. first tried to use the new maneuver last year, but it was aborted then for technical reasons.

The station's current crew includes NASA astronauts Drew Feustel, and Serena Aunon-Chancellor, a European Space Agency's from Germany, Alexander Gerst, and Russians and

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 08:55 IST