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Astronauts May Evacuate Space Station in November, NASA Says

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posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:06 PM
I just found this article. Did a quick search and did'nt find anything.

The International Space Station may have to start operating without a crew in November if Russian engineers don't figure out soon what caused a recent rocket failure, NASA officials announced today (Aug. 29).

The unmanned Russian cargo ship Progress 44 crashed just after its Aug. 24 launch to deliver 2.9 tons of supplies to the orbiting lab. The failure was caused by a problem with the Progress' Soyuz rocket, which is similar to the one Russia uses to launch its crew-carrying vehicle — also called Soyuz — to the station.

Currently, six astronauts reside on the space station. They shouldn't be unduly affected by the Progress crash, NASA officials said, because they have enough supplies to last a while on orbit.

But three of these astronauts are due to return to Earth next month, and the rest are scheduled to come back in mid-November. At the moment, the Soyuz is the only way to get astronauts to and from the station. So if the rocket anomaly isn't identified and fixed soon, a fresh crew won't be able to reach the orbiting lab before the last three spaceflyers head for home. [Photos: Building the International Space Station]

Unmanned for the first time in a decade?

That situation would leave the $100 billion orbiting lab unmanned for the first time since 2001. Still, it wouldn't be a disaster, according to NASA officials.

"We know how to do this," NASA's space station program manager Mike Suffredini told reporters today. "Assuming the systems keep operating, like I've said, we can command the vehicle from the ground and operate it fine, and remain on orbit indefinitely."

NASA would of course prefer to keep some crew aboard the orbiting lab, Suffredini added. Leaving the station unmanned would cut back significantly on the scientific research being done 240 miles (386 kilometers) above the Earth. In the wake of the space shuttle's retirement last month, NASA has repeatedly stressed the importance of that research, and the scientific potential of the station.

But the timing just might not work out. Two Soyuz spacecraft are currently docked to the station to take its six astronauts home. The vehicles are only rated to spend about 200 days in space, so they'll have to depart soon. ber-nasa-says-155202734.html

This would suck.

The US needs a bird flying damn it

Oh the Ruskies have it all under control

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:19 PM
Makes you wonder about the Elenin/Nibiru thing huh ?

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:23 PM
Hard to believe this was allowed to happen. With only one country launching manned flights this was just a matter of time. Every space program has problems, after the Columbia disaster NASA stopped flying for two years(if memory serves). Just glad the rocket the Russians lost was unmanned. Hope they find the failure soon because their all we have now

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:27 PM
Do you really think we can't get to the ISS?

I just do not believe it.

It sounds like a cry for money.

If it's really true...We have wasted billions of dollars.
edit on 29-8-2011 by whyamIhere because: added comment.

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:41 PM
reply to post by Heartisblack

Not at all, why?

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:42 PM
This is a perfect way to cover up a complete withdrawal from space for some "other" reason...

I think there is more to this than we're being told, but I don't think it has anything to do with Nibiru/Elenin/etc.

It does however sound like there is a reason for us to not put any more people in space for the time being and get everyone else that is in space back quickly but not too quick as to draw attention.

Before this, there was all of the propaganda and hype about Russia charging us tons of money to let us hitch a ride with them, the recent rocket launch that failed miserably for them and just a week or so ago, major media spattering the possible demise of the international space station and the plan to drop it into the Pacific.

Conveniently, we now have a story that the rocket is failing so now they have to evacuate earlier than the planned evacuation from just a week or two ago? Way, way, way too convenient timing for all of this.

I smell BS in a big way and they definitely know something is going to happen in the space around Earth sometime soon.

Good find OP! S&F


posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:48 PM
Maybe it is time to look deeper into the reality, or otherwise, of the whole space
program, as presented to the public?

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:56 PM

This says it all:

Even if 10% of the US Military Budget was diverted to a new space program in the name of humanity and scientific exploration, we'd be living on the moon in 10 years.

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 07:02 PM
This is huge news.

First the US shut down their space shuttle program.

Now allegedly the Russians fail to launch a rocket to give supplies to the atronauts in the space station, so they will have to evacuate and return to earth by November.

Powerful solar flares too big a risk?

Or something else?

posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 07:11 PM
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Will the Space Station be Abandoned?


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