Progress M-63 approaching the ISS
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Progress-M 11F615A55|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||5 February 2008, 13:02UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur Site 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||7 April 2008, 12:36UTC|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking date||7 February 2008, 14:38 UTC|
|Undocking date||7 April 2008, 08:49 UTC|
|Time docked||2 months|
Progress M-63, identified by NASA as Progress 28 or 28P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 363.
Progress M-63 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 13:02 GMT on 5 February 2008. The spacecraft docked with the Pirs module at 14:38 GMT on 7 February. Pirs had been vacated by the departure of Progress M-62 which had undocked on 4 February. Progress M-63 successfully docked using the automated Kurs system, however cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko was standing by to guide it in using the backup manual TORU system should it have been necessary. Progress M-63 remained docked for two months before undocking at 08:49 GMT on 7 April 2008. It was deorbited at 11:50 GMT on 7 April 2008. The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 12:36 GMT.
Progress M-63 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research. Its cargo consisted of over 528.5 kilograms (1,165 lb) of propellant, 46 kilograms (101 lb) of oxygen and air, approximately 419.5 kilograms (925 lb) of water and 1,326.6 kilograms (2,925 lb) of dry cargo. The total mass of its cargo was 2,326 kilograms (5,128 lb).
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