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ISS Re-supply Mission Fails
May 20, 2015

An unmanned Russian spacecraft loaded with cargo for the International Space Station had gone out of control and crashed into the earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft was carrying 2721.5 kg of food, fuel and materials for scientific experiments for the crew at the International Space Station (ISS). 

  • The ISS Progress 59 cargo spacecraft was launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on April 25. 

  • After it separated from the Soyuz booster rocket, Russian flight controllers were unable to confirm the status of all the spacecraft’s systems, including the deployment of its navigational antennae and docking system. 

  • The Russian flight control team attempted to command the vehicle over four orbits flying over Russian ground sites with no success.

  • The failed attempt will not put the six ISS crew members at risk. The astronauts have plenty of provisions, enough to last months. 

  • The station’s current Expedition 43 crew includes three Russians, two Americans and one Italian astronaut. 

  • The spacecraft was carrying 2721.5 kg of food, fuel and materials for scientific experiments for the crew at the International Space Station (ISS).

  • The next flight, which will be the seventh SpaceX commercial resupply services mission to the space station, is not scheduled to take off before June 19.


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