Progress M-51

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Progress M-51
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Progress M-51 departing the ISS
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2004-051A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Progress-M 11F615A55
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Start of mission
Launch date 23 December 2004, 22:19:34 (2004-12-23UTC22:19:34Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur Site 1/5
End of mission
Disposal Deorbited
Decay date 9 March 2005, 17:03:11 (2005-03-09UTC17:03:12Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Docking port Zvezda Aft
Docking date 25 December 2004, 23:57:45 UTC
Undocking date 27 February 2005, 16:06:30 UTC
Time docked 2 months

Progress M-51, identified by NASA as Progress 16 or 16P, was a Progress spacecraft used to resupply the International Space Station. It was a Progress-M 11F615A55 spacecraft, with the serial number 351.[1]

Progress M-51 was launched by a Soyuz-U carrier rocket from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch occurred at 22:19:34 GMT on 23 December 2004.[1] The spacecraft docked with the Aft port of the Zvezda module at 23:57:45 GMT on 25 December.[2][3] It remained docked for two months before undocking at 16:06:30 GMT on 27 February 2005[2] to make way for Progress M-52.[4] Between undocking and deorbit, Progress M-51 was used for a series of tests. It was deorbited at 16:17:00 GMT on 9 March 2005.[2] The spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, with any remaining debris landing in the ocean at around 17:03:11 GMT.[2][5]

Progress M-51 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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  1. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d Anikeev, Alexander. "Cargo spacecraft "Progress M-51"". Manned Astronautics - Figures & Facts. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Progress M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  4. ^ Zak, Anatoly. "Progress cargo ship". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-06.