The ship that went up to the station carried nearly three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the astronauts on duty there.

NASA said that the fast trip to the station was meant to test an expedited capability that could be used on future Russian cargo and crew launch missions. The ship, called Progress, took off from its launch site in Kazakhstan at just before 10 p.m. GMT and arrived at the space station just a few hours later.

The swiftest former trips to the ISS secured a by Progress freighters and employees team conveying Russian Soyuz spacecraft, had engaged about 6 hours and demanded about four orbits of our planet. Usually, Progress capsules are sent away to burn up in Earth's atmosphere after ISS crewmembers stuff the vessels with waste.

The spacecraft will remain docked at the ISS until January 2019, NASA officials said in the statement.

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Here are's tidbits for July 9, 2018: fastest-ever Progress docking with ISS; but is Russia's space program entering the "dark ages"? Well, the specifics are a bit vague on Russia's end, but the gist is that the Russian space agency is now using an updated navigation system on its resupply missions. This will be replaced with the new Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka, whose launch date is yet to be decided.

It marked the first time such a fast-track approach was used.

But it seemed that fortune favored Progress 70.

It marked the shortest the travel time for ferrying supplies for the crew, beating the previous Progress journeys of about six hours. The vehicles look like Russia's crewed, three-module Soyuz spacecraft but can not carry people.