The Progress cargo ship "is moving away from us," Interfax quoted cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov as saying in a communication with Russian mission control outside Moscow. He was quoted as saying the cargo ship was "spinning uncontrollably" and later that it had disappeared from view.
Originally posted by star in a jar
Maybe this is to punish the American astronauts on board the ISS with MREs for a few more weeks...
Known in Russia as Progress M-06M, the new Progress 38 spacecraft is packed with nearly 2.5 tons of fresh food, clothes, equipment and other supplies for the space station's six-person crew.
Packed aboard the spacecraft are 1,918 pounds (nearly 870 kilograms) of propellant for the station, 110 pounds (nearly 50 kilogram) of oxygen, 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of water and 2,667 pounds (1,209 kilograms) pounds of dry cargo including spare parts, science equipment and other supplies.
About 213 pounds (97 kilograms) of the delivery ship's cargo is earmarked as items for the station crew. Astronauts always look forward to fresh fruit and other foods that arrive on Progress spacecraft, NASA officials have said.
Originally posted by BSG75
If they need a emergency launch, then NASA has Atlantis ready for launch.
While there isn't a mission for it, they do have a pair of SRB's and the EFT damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Would be intersting to see NASA initiniate Emergency Launch Procedures
Originally posted by Now_Then
...Bit of a bummer, that's the only way to get supplies there after the next 2 shuttle missions (which have been reschedueled for other reasons)
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--An unmanned Russian supply ship successfully docked with the International Space Station Sunday, two days after an interference issue with a television transmitter in a backup docking system triggered an unexpected abort.
For the second attempt, the backup TORU system was not activated, there was no interference, and the KURS automated rendezvous system worked flawlessly, lining the Progress up for a docking at the Zvezda command module's aft port.