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Russian Supply Spaceship to Resupply ISS Crashed (UPDATE below 8-29-11)

29 Aug 2011, 16:37 UTC
Russian Supply Spaceship to Resupply ISS Crashed (UPDATE below 8-29-11)
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The Russian robotic space freighter called Progress heading for the International Space Station crashed today shortly after liftoff. The unmanned space craft lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket on Wednesday. A little more than 5 minutes into the flight, the rocket's third stage engine shut down sooner than it was supposed to before the rocket had enough lift to reach orbit. The space craft then fell back to earth in Siberia near the Chinese border. The rocket freighter was carrying three tons of food, fuel and other supplies to the ISS.The failure will have little immediate impact for the six crew members aboard the space station. It had been well supplied from the last shuttle flight in July. With the shuttle's retirement the Soyuz is the only available transportation to the ISS currently. Investigations into the crash have begun.Read more here: http://bit.ly/o7Xqj9UPDATE: As of Aug 29, 2011 NASA says that astronauts may need to abandon the ISS by November this year if the Russian Soyuz remains grounded by mid-November. There would be no way to launch new crews before the current residents are supposed to leave. Mike Suffredini the ISS manager says that ...

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