Russia sends supply ship to intn'l space station

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Mission Control says an unmanned Russian cargo ship has blasted off successfully carrying supplies, equipment and gifts for the international space station.

Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin says the Soyuz-U booster rocket carrying Progress M-65 lifted off as scheduled at 11:50 p.m. local time Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The ship is set to dock at the station on Saturday.

Lyndin says it is delivering equipment including a modified Russian space suit.

He says the cargo ship is also carrying about 2.5 tons of oxygen, water and food for the crew members -- U.S. astronaut Gregory Chamitoff and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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