Russia’s Progress 45 cargo capsule raced toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) on Oct. 31, a day after a closely watched launch aboard a Soyuz-U booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan eased concerns of a possible evacuation of the six-person orbiting science laboratory. Launches of the Soyuz-U and FG crew version of the booster were suspended following the Aug. 24 loss of the Progress 44 due to a premature shutdown of the third stage that sent the ...

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