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Russian Supply Ship Docks at Space Station on 2nd Try

• Tarig Malik via Space.com
 

An unmanned Russian cargo ship that missed its first chance to dock at the International Space Station last week tried again Sunday – this time successfully linking up with the orbiting lab.

The Progress 38 cargo ship docked flawlessly at 12:17 p.m. EDT (1617 GMT) while flying without the safety net of a remote control system that allows cosmonauts inside the space station to take command of incoming supply ships using a joystick should they veer off course.

The successful docking comes two days after the Progress 38 cargo ship's first failed docking attempt on Friday, in which the spacecraft sailed clear past the space station after aborting its delivery run.

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