The Progress 39 cargo ship docked Tuesday with the orbiting Mir space station, bringing three Soviet cosmonauts food, other essentials and New Year's gifts, the Tass news agency said.

The Progress 39 is the latest in a series of non-reusable space cargo ferries that service the Mir space station and previously the Salyut stations of the 1970 and early 1980s.Progress cargo ferries are launched to the station about every two months to supply the cosmonauts with necessities, such as food, as well as new scientific experiments to be conducted aboard the space station.

Along with food, Progress 39 brought fuel, mail and New Year's gifts from friends and family to the cosmonauts on board the Mir, the news agency said.