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. RUFFNUTT

    THAT'S ONE BIG SH!T....

    August 24, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. SD

    might of seen it last night, saw a bright flash or explosion dat lite up the sky in SD

    August 24, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Max

    That caption typo will go down in history

    August 24, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kenny Rogers

    You people need to proof read your text before posting. Get it, got it !

    August 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Riwheeler

    I doubt that they are sending another ISS just to provide supplys. The Pic that I saw was very much like a simple unmanned cylinder with docking capability. I can't imagine why the CNN reporter was able to screw this reporting up so badley ?

    August 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    May the person that makes no MISTAKES be the first to cast stones at C N N

    August 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. me

    Wish we could do stuff like that here in the US. We are becoming a backwards 3rd world country. No space stuff for us.

    August 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. me

    Why are we even funding NASA if it isnt working to where we can send people further into space for longer periods of time? What is NASA waisting tax dollars on now?

    August 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • bmagl

      Chances are its top secret and you dont have the security clearance to find out.

      August 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BobNAlabama

    ...and these are the people with whom the U.S. astronauts are planning to hitch rides in the future.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ATV engineer

    The article fails to mention that ESA has its own series of "cargo" ships. They're called ATV.. 2 have successfully been launched and docked, the next one is heading for the launch site, and 2 more are being built

    August 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. me

    at least they are trying. what are our space folks doing?

    August 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hawk 1

      We don't have the money to continue our space project. the republicans refused to fund it. bush gave all the money for the space project to the super rich as tax breaks.

      August 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HAL

    What are you doing, Dave?

    August 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anomic Office Drone

    At least it crashed away from people.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ me:
    Well, just because we can't do space stuff anymore, it doesn't mean we're not nice persons.
    I think you're supposed to perceive our lacks as true values, or something like that–and what about those treasures in Heaven?

    August 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Hey Yuri, don't smoosh package!

    August 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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