The launch of Progress 65 from Russia was marred by its explosion and disintegration at approximately 100 miles above earth today (Universal Digest update).
The Russian cargo spacecraft was carrying more than 2.6 tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station.
Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan occurred at 9:51 a.m. EST (8:51 p.m. Baikonur time). An anomaly occurred sometime during the third stage operation. As we get updates from Roscosmos, we will provide them.
The Expedition 50 crew is safe aboard the station. Consumables aboard the station are at good levels.
An H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-6 from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch to the space station on Friday, Dec. 9.
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Written By: Mark Garcia NASA (Universal Digest update 6:30 PM PST)
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It is unfortunate to report the update that the Russian spaceship launch was lost today with its explosion and disintegration of the craft. Please note the ISS crew members are safe and this incident poses no immediate danger. Universal Digest