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Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 01:09

A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft en route to the International Space Station was destroyed six minutes after lift off from Kazakhstan. Mana Rabiee reports.

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To the causal eye, it looked like a flawless launch... ... the Russian Progress space craft taking off from Kazakhstan, headed for the International Space Station. Now, the Russian space agency saying the unmanned cargo ship was destroyed -- about six minutes after lift off, at an altitude of about 120 miles, when ground control teams lost radio contact with the rocket. NASA's mission control in Houston was covering the launch live on its network, and said the first minutes of the flight appeared normal, and then... NASA FLIGHT COMMENTATOR SAYING "Telemetry became a bit ratty and the Progress is apparently in preliminary orbit, what orbit that is is not known at this point." Progress was carrying some 2 and a half tons of food and supplies to the space station for the six-member crew. NASA says the crew have enough supplies for several months and are in no immediate danger. But Thursday's launch was the fourth failed cargo run to the station in the past two years.

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Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 01:09