Anton and Oleg monitor the approach of Progress 47P (Credit: ESA/NASA)
The unmanned Russian Progress 47P spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at 16:39 CEST (14:39 UT) yesterday afternoon. Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday 19 April, the Progress delivers supplies such as food, clothes, water and fuel to the ISS crew.
The docking was monitored from the Russian Zvezda module by Expedition 30 crewmembers Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Kononenko. ESA astronaut André Kuipers sent a photo (right) showing his crewmates monitoring the spacecraft during its approach - the Progress can be seen through the window towards the bottom of the image.
The Russian 46P Progress cargo spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station earlier today. The Progress departed from the ISS at 13:04 CEST (11:04 UT) as scheduled and is set for a destructive deorbit on 28 April.
The departure makes way for the arrival of the next Progress, 47P, which will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 14:50 CEST (12:50 UT) tomorrow, 20 April. 47P is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Sunday 22 April at 16:40 CEST (14:50 UT).
The Russian Progress spacecraft is an automated, unmanned version of the Soyuz spacecraft used to launch the ISS crew. Like Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Progress brings supplies such as food, clothes, water and fuel to the Station. After unloading the new supplies, the crew fills the Progress with trash items, waste water and unused equipment. After undocking, the Progress and it's contents burn up during reentry in Earth's atmosphere.