After many failed attempts to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) with much-needed resources, an unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the orbital research laboratory on Sunday (July 5).
The cargo ship is transporting over 2,300 kilograms (5,000 pounds) of food, fuel, oxygen and scientific tools. Also carried up with these essentials were personal parcels for the crew of three aboard the ISS.
After its launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the cargo ship named Progress M-28M circled Earth 34 times and then automatically docked with minimal supervision from the ISS crew.
"The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 BST)," said Russian federal space agency Roscosmos in a statement.
Progress will remain docked to the ISS for four months, filling up with garbage before heading back to Earth.