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Supply ship delivers food and fuel to space station astronauts

The Progress 73 made a three and a half hour journey from Kazakhstan to the orbiting laboratory which is currently the home of six crew members.

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The Russian Progress 73 cargo ship blasts off from the launch pad (Roscosmos/AP)

The Russian Progress 73 cargo ship blasts off from the launch pad (Roscosmos/AP)

The Russian Progress 73 cargo ship blasts off from the launch pad (Roscosmos/AP)

An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying tons of supplies to the International Space Station has docked with the orbiting laboratory.

The Progress 73 cargo ship blasted off on top of a Soyuz rocket on Wednesday from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and docked with the ISS about three and half hours later after two orbits.

The Progress was carrying about three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the space station.

Those on the space station now include Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan of the United States, Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Alexey Ovchinin and Luca Parmitano of Italy.

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