An unmanned cargo spacecraft docked with the Soviet Salyut-7 space station on May 30.
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An unmanned cargo spacecraft docked with the Soviet Salyut-7 space station on May 30. The docking, closely monitored by Soviet space experts on earth, went according to plan. Cosmonauts Leonid Kizim, Vladimir Solovyov and Oleg Atkov, who have been aboard the orbital station for even four months, were reported to be in good health. Unmanned, remote-controlled spacecraft are regularly used in the Soviet space programme to carry supplies to cosmonauts. The cargo craft, Progress-22, was said to be carrying what the Soviets refer to as expendable materials, meaning fuel, and other supplies. Progress-22 is the fourth such supply craft to be sent up to Salyut-7 since February. Western space experts say the latest launching seems to indicate that Salyut may still be suffering from a fuel leak, reported in December by Soviet space chiefs. The three cosmonauts on board Salyut-7 have carried out four space walks to repair fuel lines. The space station normally requires only small fuel reserves for occasional corrections to its orbit, and during past long-term missions, supply craft have only been sent up every two or three months. However, experts say the crew is on danger, since they could easily leave the station and return to earth in a fuelled descent module connected to Salyut.