According to Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Russia’s cargo spacecraft (spaceship) Progress M-13M blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday (October 30) with the help carrier rocket Soyuz-U. Progress M-13M was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 14:11 Moscow time (1011 GMT). Under the plan space vehicle must dock with one of the modules ISS on November 2 in 15.40. The launch of the Progress M-13M to the ISS was the first time since the failure launch of a Progress M-12M cargo ship on August 24. The Progress M-12M failed to reach the orbit due to a rocket malfunction.
The Russian “Progress M-13M” to deliver to the International Space Station food and hygiene for the astronauts of ISS, water, fuel, medicines, oxygen, and the necessary scientific equipment, as well as new live cultures for biotechnology experiments. At present on the ISS there is a crew consisting of three persons. The return of astronauts to Earth is scheduled for late November 2011.