MOSCOW — The Soviet Union on Saturday launched a spacecraft to carry supplies to its space station, Mir, where history's longest space mission is continuing.
The Tass news agency said the Progress 33 capsule is carrying perishable supplies.
Cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko has been working aboard Mir since his arrival there two days after a Feb. 6 blastoff from Baikonur cosmodrome in Soviet Kazakhstan. He surpassed the space endurance record of 237 days on Sept. 30 and has now been in space for 289 days.
Also working aboard the Mir station is cosmonaut Alexander Alexandrov. Alexandrov arrived in late July to replace Alexander Laveikin, who began the mission with Romanenko but later showed signs of heart trouble. The Mir complex was launched on Feb. 20, 1986.