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Progress M-53 (Russian: Прогресс М-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==List of Progress flights
List of unmanned spaceflights to the ISS

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