Space freighter crashes in Siberia, Russia says
An unmanned Russian "Progress" supply ship, like the one pictured here, has reported an "abnormal situation."
August 24th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Space freighter crashes in Siberia, Russia says

[Update 11:50 a.m. ET] A Russian space freighter carrying cargo to the International Space Station has crashed in a remote area of Siberia, Russian emergency officials said Wednesday.

The unmanned Progress cargo craft, which launched at 7 p.m. Kazakhstan time (9 a.m. ET) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, was due to dock with the ISS on Friday.

Rescue teams have been dispatched to the crash site of the Progress-M12M, the regional branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told CNN.

Officials could not immediately confirm whether the crash might have caused any damage on the ground. Russia's Interfax news agency reported that the rocket had come down in the Altai region.

[11:11 a.m. ET] Russia's mission control has reported an abnormal situation with a space freighter that launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome bound for the International Space Station, NASA said Wednesday.

The rocket is carrying 2.9 ton of food, fuel and supplies, NASA said, but has no passengers on board.

The Progress 44 cargo craft, which launched at 7 p.m. Kazakhstan time, is due to dock with the ISS on Friday.

Mission Control Houston said it had received a report of an "off-nominal situation" during the rocket's third and final stage, at five minutes and 50 seconds after launch.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told CNN that contact with the space craft had been lost about three minutes before it was to reach orbit.

"We have no confirmation of a crash from the Russians," he said.

Navias said the Russians launch a supply vessel roughly every three months.

The six people currently living on the ISS are "well supplied - actually oversupplied" since the delivery of goods by the final U.S. shuttle mission, carried out by Atlantis last month, he said.

NASA is now reliant on the Russian space agency to ferry U.S. astronauts to orbit, since the grounding of the U.S. shuttle fleet has left the United States with no way to lift humans into space.

Plans are in the works for private companies to begin shipping cargo to the station, and eventually to carry astronauts as well.

Progress-series space freighters have been the backbone of Russian space cargo operations for decades, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports. In addition to taking supplies to the ISS, they have been used to carry out scientific experiments and help adjust the space station's orbit, the agency reports.

The Johnson Space Center in Texas is home to NASA's astronaut corps and trains astronauts from the United States and other nations.

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    @HAL ... I'm staring at the light.... HELP

    August 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. me

    Honestly you are right JIF. I am too whinny sometimes. Sorry aboot that.

    August 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Negative what caused the space station to crash , it received a massive radio wave energy from the son flair and fried it's circuitry, this glair also stretched our atmosphere and it also caused the earthquakes throughout the world on the 23. Governments can nor tell state secrets, you got it now!!!

    August 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Um, not only a poor and uneducated prophet, but you're just plain wrong. There has been no major solar activity over the past several days, and none forecast for the next three. You can check the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center website for history and images of the sun taken by the SOHO spacecraft (placed in a permanent spot in space in order to watch for coronal mass ejections from the sun and to transmit warnings to Earth several minutes before a CME event) clearly show that no such event coincided with the crash of the Russian spacecraft. Oh, and your allusion to 'radio waves from the sun' causing earthquakes is pure rubbish. Dude, you really need to get your GED.

      August 25, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    Son flairs energy reach our earth when released from the son

    August 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      the prophet:

      Can you prophetize if you will ever learn how to write the English language correctly? To be a good stand-up prophet, you must learn English.

      August 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    And these are the guys we're riding with into space?

    August 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. larry

    Under Obama's leadership we'd better be nice to the Russians or it's no more space time for us.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ISS Astronaut

    Umm.. That was all our food, toilet pape, beer and oxygen.. Please tell me there is a plan B.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ISS Astronaut

    *paper* typo

    August 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose M. Pulido

    When the American Space Shuttle flew for last time Vladimir Putin boasted: (Paraphrased), "This is the Russian space age," as if Russia were the supreme world leader in outer space flights. But now that their Russian Supply ship crashed, it shows that it is better to be humble than to be boastful.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Really???

    So, a shuttle replacement was not really needed after all (sigh). What do you do on the space station with a shortages in TP & oxygen? Eat $#@! and die is my best guess! Why do I feel that some people are being a tad short sighted? Hmmmm!

    August 25, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. CNN Wire

    Rescue teams have been dispatched to the crash site of the Progress-M12M, the regional branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told CNN "Rescue team? Who or what are they rescuing? In the case of an unmanned abort, a rcovery team should be more helpful....

    August 25, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    "i'm yuri, i'm international shipping guy. i deliver package. sometimes i use shipping van for rock n roll band" hey yuri, don't smoosh package,

    August 25, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Mr. President.Since you decided to kill the Shuttle Program and put 10's of thousands of people out of work and use the Russians equivalent in Spacecraft to a Model A Ford.I think it is only right that your next Vacation be on the International Space Station and to get there hitch a ride on the next Russian resupply ship leaving earth.Since you have such a high confidence level in there space program.you should have no trouble taking the trip.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    PS;Dear NASA,
    If Iwere one of your Astronauts right now and scheduled for a trip to the Space Station on a Russian Rocket,I would be putting in my Resignation right about now.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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