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Russian supply ship to ISS crashes in Siberia

The ship was unmanned. It was carrying supplies to the crew in the International Space Station, who plan to hang on until the next scheduled supply run on October 28.

A Russian Progress spacecraft – a cargo ship headed for the International Space Station (ISS) – crashed earlier today (August 24, 2011) shortly after take-off. The crash of the unmanned craft followed a malfunction in its booster rocket, according to a statement on the website of Roskosmos, the Russian space agency.

The Progress craft was carrying 3.5 tons of cargo to ISS. Various media are reporting that the crew of ISS has enough supplies on hand to last two months, until the next scheduled supply run on October 28.

Deborah Byrd

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