A Russian cargo ship blasted off from the steppes of Kazakhstan carrying supplies for the international space station.
The Progress M-54 ship lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome at around 1308GMT with fuel, food, water and technical supplies aboard, a spokeswoman for the Russian space agency told. Besides, the cargo includes a replacement cartridge for the station's oxygen generator. A day earlier the station's current residents - Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev and U.S. astronaut John Phillips - loaded up another Progress ship with garbage and sent it plummeting into Earth's atmosphere, where it mostly burned up.
A replacement crew for the space station was scheduled to blast off on Oct. 1, along with Gregory Olsen, a U.S. scientist who is paying the Russian space agency US$20 million) for a weeklong visit to the international space station, the AP reports.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia