Progress M-53 approaching the ISS
|Station crew||Expedition 11|
|Launch site||Baikonur Site 1/5|
|Launch date||16 June 2005
|Decay Date||7 September 2005
|Free flight time||2 days|
|Docked time||3 months|
|Docking port||Zvezda Aft|
|Docking date||19 June 2005
|Undocking date||7 September 2005
Progress M-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 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.
See also 
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-53"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-06-06.[dead link]
- Zak, Anatoly. "Progress cargo ship". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
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