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Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station

  • In this photo dated Tuesday, Nov, 29, 2016 the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Progress MS-04 cargo ship is installed on a launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.  The unmanned Russian cargo space ship Progress MS-04 broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016,  just minutes after the launch en route to the International Space Station due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said.(Oleg Urusov/ Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)

    In this photo dated Tuesday, Nov, 29, 2016 the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Progress MS-04 cargo ship is installed on a launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The unmanned Russian cargo space ship Progress MS-04 broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016, just minutes after the launch en route to the International Space Station due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said.(Oleg Urusov/ Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo dated Tuesday, Nov, 29, 2016 the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Progress MS-04 cargo ship is installed on a launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.  The unmanned Russian cargo space ship Progress MS-04 broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016,  en route to the International Space Station due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said. (Sergei Sergeev/ Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)

    In this photo dated Tuesday, Nov, 29, 2016 the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Progress MS-04 cargo ship is installed on a launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The unmanned Russian cargo space ship Progress MS-04 broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016, en route to the International Space Station due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said. (Sergei Sergeev/ Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has blasted off with a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station.

The Progress MS-04 cargo craft lifted off as scheduled at 8:51 p.m. (1451 GMT) Thursday from Russia's space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered a designated orbit nine minutes later and is set to dock with the space station on Saturday.

The ship is delivering 2.5 metric tons of fuel, water, food and other supplies.

The Progress has been in service for more than four decades, and its current version is fully digital and features an improved docking system.

The space station is currently inhabited by NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, Russians Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Borisenko and Oleg Novitskiy, and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency.