Russia Launched A New Robotic Cargo
Mission to the International Space Station early Friday (June 3) on the country's first resupply mission to the orbiting lab
The Uncrewed Progress 81 Freighter
Launched into a clear sky atop a Russian-built Soyuz rocket at 5:32 a.m. EDT from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
NASA Spokesperson Sandra Jones Said
"It was a perfect launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome," during live launch commentary from the agency's Mission Control center in Houston.
Russia Remains A Partner
In the International Space Station (ISS) program despite its conflict with neighbor country.
Even Though Its Chief Dmitry Rogozin
Has repeatedly threatened to leave the program, which is a collaboration of 5 different space agencies and 15 countries.
Progress 81 Will Circle The Earth
Twice on its way to the space station, with docking set for 9:03 a.m. EDT at the aft end of the Russian-built Zvezda module.