Progress M-53 (Russian: Прогресс М-53), identified by NASA as Progress 18 or 18P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 353.
Progress M-53 approaching the ISS
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Progress-M 11F615A55|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||16 June 2005, 23:09:34 UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur Site 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||7 September 2005, 14:12:40 UTC|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Zvezda Aft|
|Docking date||19 June 2005, 00:41:31 UTC|
|Undocking date||7 September 2005, 10:25:57 UTC|
|Time docked||3 months|
Progress M-53 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 23:09:34 GMT on 16 June 2005. The spacecraft docked with the Aft port of the Zvezda module at 00:41:31 GMT on 19 June. The docking was conducted using the backup TORU system, under the control of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov, due to a power failure at one of the spacecraft's ground control stations. It remained docked for three months before undocking at 10:25:57 GMT on 7 September 2005 to make way for Progress M-54. It was deorbited at 13:26:00 GMT on 7 September 2005. The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 14:12:40 GMT.
Progress M-53 carried supplies to the International Space Station, including food, water and oxygen for the crew and equipment for conducting scientific research.
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