Freighter docks at space station

Freighter docks at space station

The Russian freighter Progress docked with the International Space Station Saturday, delivering food, fuel and other supplies. The automatic docking of the unmanned vessel went as planned.

With the U.S. shuttle program on hold following Columbia disaster a year ago, the Russian spacecraft is the only means of transporting cargo to the space station.

Progress carried 5,171 pounds of material, including life support monitoring equipment, tools, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, medicine and batteries.

Progress was lofted into space by a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Thursday. This 13th Progress to visit the station docked at the Zvezda module of station at 8:13 am EST (1313 GMT).