Cargo for ISS out of control: NASA

Published on April 30, 2015 12:33:33 PM
Technology
NASA has stated that an unmanned Russian Spacecraft that was loaded with Cargo for the ISS went out of control and will probably crash in the earth’s atmosphere.

The spacecraft was carrying 6,000 pounds of food, fuel and material for scientific experiments for the members of ISS. This failed attempt won’t put the crew of ISS to risk. NASA said, "The astronauts have plenty of provisions, enough to last for months.”

Currently, the station has 43 members of which three are Russians, two are Americans and one is an Italian Astronauts. According to NASA, "the Russian flight control team attempted to command the vehicle over four orbits flying over Russian ground sites with no success.”

Presently, spinning out of control in orbit, the spacecraft "will probably burn up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.”

The Russian space agency is trying to regain control over the cargo ship, but has suffered a serious malfunction after its launch into the earth’s orbit on April 25, Space.com said.

"Russian flight controllers have abandoned plans to attempt to dock the cargo ship with the ISS," said in a NASA TV update.

The only way to save the spacecraft now is for astronauts on board the ISS to attempt to take manual control of the runaway spaceship.

On of few ways to save the spacecraft is by taking a manual control of it but it is associated with a risk that would kill the crew and damage the space station.

"Russian flight controllers are continuing attempts to communicate and troubleshoot issues with the Russian Progress 59 cargo spacecraft as it makes additional passes tonight over Russian ground stations," NASA added.