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Russian cargo spaceship undocks from ISS

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09:56, April 20, 2012

MOSCOW, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Progress M-14M cargo spaceship undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, Russian Mission Control said.

"The Progress will be deorbited on April 28 and sink in the Pacific Ocean upon its reentry," Mission Control told reporters.

During its autonomous flight to Earth after the undocking, the cargo spaceship will be used for geophysical experiment "Radar-Progress," which will be conducted by the Siberian Institute of Solar-Earth Physics of the Russian Academy of Science.

Scientists are going to explore how the Earth's ionosphere responds to the work of the space vehicle's boosters.

The radar participating in the experiment is located in the Irkutsk region in southern Siberia.

Progress M-14M was launched on Jan. 26 and docked with the ISS two days later. The spaceship delivered a 2.6-ton consignment, including water, food, oxygen and various scientific equipment to the ISS.

Progress freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades.

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The kind of litigious, prcoautienary, risk-averse system we"ve built would make this true of so many of the advances we now depend on. The first person mangled in a factory and we"d be back to hand-work. The first plane crash and people would call for banning manned flight. The first auto crash and the horse lobby would be marching for a return to buggies. The first electrocution and we"d be back to candles.Every advance involves risk, every new technique has bugs, and some of those bugs are going to be lethal. Once upon a time we understood this as part of the cost of progress. Nowadays the prcoautienary principle is treated as a legitimate ethical position, despite the fact that it"s a recipe for stagnation and poverty. Had it been followed from the beginnings of human history, we"d not only not ever have left the caves, we"d have had wars to keep us from climbing down from the trees.
  

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