MOSCOW, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The Russian cargo
spaceship Progress M-02M undocked from the International Space Station (ISS)and
began autonomous flight, the Mission Control Center outside Moscow said on
The cargo spaceship loaded with refuse collected
aboard the ISS undocked from the station in an automatic mode at around 22:30
Moscow time (1830 GMT), the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing a source from
the flight control center.
The freighter will help the ISS crew to test the new
docking unit on July 12. The spaceship has little fuel left due to the test,
said the source.
The freighter will then take part in several
scientific experiments and splash down into a designated area in the Pacific
Once the spacecraft left, the Soyuz TMA-14 manned
spaceship will move from the Zvezda service module to the Pirs module, which is
slated for early July.
In the first half of June, ISS crew members conducted
two spacewalks aiming to install necessary equipment outside the Zvezda service
module for the docking of Russia's small research module MIM-2, a space vehicle
due to blast off in November.
Progress M-02M blasted off on May 7 from the Baikonur
space center in Kazakhstan, and has delivered some 2.5 tons of supplies for the
ISS crew members, including food, water, fuel, clothes and equipment, as well as
the third Orlan-MK space suit.
The spacecraft is equipped with a modern digital
control system, which enables it to dock with the ISS more accurately.