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Problem delays arrival of space station supplies

October 27, 2006

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— An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully latched onto the international space station Thursday after Mission Control solved a glitch that had prevented the spacecraft from delivering supplies of oxygen, water and food - including roast quail and other gourmet fare prepared by a French chef.

The Progress M-58 spacecraft had docked smoothly with the station at 9:28 a.m. CDT, but a faulty antenna apparently prevented it from mooring completely, Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.

After 3 1/2 hours of deliberations and discussions, controllers working by radio command moved the Progress about 16 inches back and then forward again to latch it onto the station, which is manned by U.S. astronaut Michal Lopez-Alegria, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and German Thomas Reiter.

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