A robotic cargo ship owned by SpaceX, a private company, is ferrying supplies to the space station. NASA is turning over routine flights to the commercial sector so that it can focus on other missions.
An unmanned private spacecraft is counting down to launch the first commercial delivery to the International Space Station tonight (Oct. 7), marking a major shift in how NASA sends supplies and gear to the orbiting lab.
After a string of launch failures, NASA says astronauts have just four months of supplies left. A Russian rocket launching early Friday could provide relief.
Recovering from an April failure, Russia launched a space station cargo ship Friday, five days after the loss of a SpaceX supply craft.
A Russian booster rocket on successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the ISS, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.