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Russians Fail To Dock With Space Station

From an unfazed Associated Press:

An unmanned Russian ‘Progress’ supply vehicle approaches the International Space Station.

Supply ship fails to dock with space station

By Jim Heintz, Associated Press Writer Fri Jul 2, 2010

MOSCOW – An unmanned Russian space capsule carrying supplies to the International Space Station failed in a docking attempt, Russian Mission Control and NASA said Friday.

The Progress space capsule is carrying more than two tons of food, water and other supplies for the orbiting laboratory. Three Russian and three U.S. astronauts comprise the current crew.

None of the supplies were deemed necessary for the station’s immediate survival and the outpost is well supplied, said NASA flight commentator Rob Navias.

The spokesman for Russian Mission Control outside Moscow, Valery Lyndin, said only that the failure was due to an unspecified technical problem. NASA said the failure was due to an antenna problem.

Are they using that iPhone that Mr. Jobs gave Comrade Medvedev?

The Interfax-AVN news agency said space station commander Alexander Skvortsov reported the Progress was "rotating uncontrollably" as it neared the space station.

But NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said the unmanned cargo ship is still in control. It missed the station by about 1.9 miles (3 kilometers); an hour later the cargo ship was 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) ahead of the space station but in the same orbit, she said.

Another docking attempt was likely to be tried Sunday, said Vitaly Davydov, deputy director of the Russian space agency, according to the Interfax-AVN news agency…

Mind you, these are the people we are going to be completely dependent upon for all of our space needs in a few short years.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Russians Fail To Dock With Space Station”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This article seems an entirely apt metaphor for the United States economy driven by the Democratic Party and it’s ideological minions.

    Minions … http://rlv.zcache.com/democrat_party_stalins_useful_idiots_tshirt-p235137825998043329qrdq_400.jpg

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Maybe…..juuuuuuust maybe our Muslim friends in the science, math and engineering fields (who dingleBarry gives high regards to) can figure this one out.

    “Major Tom to Hakmeed………..can you read me, over?”

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    From: http://www.itwire.com/science-news/space/40194-progress-38-does-it-right-second-time?start=1 “The first docking attempt by the Progress 38 craft was deemed an interference problem between the primary radio telemetry docking system, the Kurs navigational system, and a television transmitter.”

    So TV is as evil as some people believe after all.


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