Spinning spacecraft ‘a total loss’

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Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A Russian supply ship that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch has been declared a total loss, the crew of the International Space Station said.

American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko told the Associated Press that flight controllers have given up trying to command the cargo carrier.

The unmanned vessel began tumbling shortly after its launch yesterday from Kazakhstan.

Mr Kelly said the vehicle will fall out of orbit and re-enter the atmosphere sometime soon. He was not sure exactly when.

The cargo ship contains three tons of food, water, fuel, clothes and equipment for the six station residents.

Mr Kelly said everything and everyone on board should be OK, even without this shipment. But he said it is still unfortunate.

Mr Kornienko called it “a big concern”.

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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