- Associated Press - Sunday, January 30, 2011

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Mission Control says a cargo spacecraft has docked at the International Space Station, delivering food, fuel, oxygen, scientific equipment and packages for the U.S.-Russian-Italian crew.

The unmanned Progress M-09M blasted off Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome carrying more than 2.6 tons of supplies.

Mission Control said it docked Sunday using automatic systems.

The RIA Novosti news agency said the cargo included birthday presents for commander Scott Kelly, who turns 47 on Feb. 21. The U.S. astronaut’s twin brother, also an astronaut, is married to Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman who survived being shot in the head.

RIA Novosti said the food for the six-man crew included pickles by special request from the Russian cosmonauts.



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