To make room for the latest cargo craft, on Nov. 29 the Progress 73 departed the station after undocking from the Pirs docking compartment, as shown in this image. Loaded with trash, the craft was deorbited a few hours later and burned up safely over the Pacific Ocean.
Traveling approximately 260 miles over the Yellow Sea east of Shanghai, the automated Russian Progress 74 cargo resupply spacecraft docked at 5:35 a.m. EST on Dec. 9 to the Pirs docking compartment on the Russian segment of the International Space Station.
It was the second resupply spacecraft to arrive for the six crew members aboard the space station in as many days.
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