Russian cargo ship departs space station to make room for new docking module

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A Russian cargo ship departed the International Space Station early Thursday (Nov. 25) to make room for a new docking port that’s already on its way to the orbiting laboratory. 

The automated Progress 78 cargo ship, also known as Progress MS-17, undocked from Russia’s Nauka science module on the station at 6:22 a.m. EST (1122 GMT) and is doomed to a fiery disposal in Earth’s atmosphere. Its departure clears the way for the arrival of Prichal, a new Russian docking port module, that launched to the International Space Station on Wednesday (Nov. 24). 

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