The cargo ship was launched on time at 6:59 a.m. CST (1259 GMT) and successfully reached orbit nine minutes later with its solar arrays and navigational antennas fully deployed. The Progress is due to dock to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on the ISS Tuesday at around 8:50 a.m. CST (1450 GMT).
The stage was set for today's launch of the new resupply ship through Saturday's undocking of the older Progress 9 craft, which reached the ISS last June. A few hours after its undocking, the Progress 9 was commanded to deorbit, and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.
Awaiting the arrival of the Progress, Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit spent a quiet day in orbit, their 71st day in space, and their 69th day aboard the ISS. They were informed of the loss of Columbia and its crew yesterday about an hour after the Shuttle broke up 16 minutes before its scheduled landing.
The new Progress 10 is loaded with a ton of supplies for the Expedition 6 crew, most notably, replacement parts for the Microgravity Science Glovebox in the Destiny laboratory, which experienced a power failure back in November and has been dormant during Expedition 6. Pettit plans to install the new parts and test the Glovebox as soon as the Progress vehicle is unloaded. If it works, the Glovebox will be used to support all of the experiments planned for this Expedition before the crew returns to Earth in March.