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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mir Crew Receives Gifts

MOSCOW -- A supply ship docked smoothly with the Mir space station Monday, delivering nearly 2.5 tons of supplies for its crew, including New Year's gifts.

"The docking went without a hitch in the automatic mode,'' said Vera Medvedkova, a spokeswoman for Mission Control.

The Progress M-37 cargo ship brought food, water, oxygen, scientific instruments and other materials for U.S. astronaut David Wolf and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Anatoly Solovyov, as well as the New Year's presents sent from their families.

It was also carrying a new airtight seal for the station's exit hatch, which failed to close properly after a spacewalk by Solovyov and Vinogradov on Nov. 3.