Progress 72 is a cargo ship which carried about 3.7 tons of supplies for the Expedition 59 astronauts living in the International Space Station. The cargo ship was launched on 4 April 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The ship reached the space station under 3.5 hours post liftoff. The cargo ship included 47 Kg of oxygen and air, 420 kg of water, 1,413 kg of spare parts, and 1,530 kg of propellant. The cargo ship – Progress 72 also carried dry cargo such as components that are to be used during a planned spacewalk by astronauts.
On 31 July 2019, Russia built cargo ship Progress 72 went down in flames. The cargo ship was disposed over the Pacific Ocean. Hague along with his five other astronauts bid farewell to the cargo ship which was uncrewed as it undocked itself from the Pirs Docking Compartment or DC-1 built by Russia. Nick Hague – a NASA space traveler said goodbye to the cargo ship Progress 72 today which is supposed to make room for Progress 73. The flames of the ship looked like a big firework that lasted for minutes sparking and flickering with a lot of brightness before it fed away into the darkness.
Russian rocket Soyuz is scheduled to launch Progress 73 – a cargo ship from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 31 July 2019. The mission was announced in less than a week after the arrival of Progress 72 cargo ship. The cargo ship Progress 73 is expected to deliver approximately 3 tons of materials to the International Space Station after making two orbits around Earth. It will stay at the International Space Station until December 2019. Progress spacecraft developed by Russia are vehicles that look similar to the space shuttle Soyuz used by Roscosmos that carrier’s crews to International Space Station. Instead of crew capsules the Progress vehicles supplies food, propellant, and experiment to the astronauts.