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 created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.