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
12:08 PM 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.

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  1. ajd041

    Its siberia nobody got hurt and its russia too im surprised nobody covered it up yet..

    August 25, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  2. Andrew

    Launch failures happen. It's part of the business especially with unmanned launches. With current technology it's prohibitively expensive to make sure accidents like this never occur. I'm glad the International Space Station is well supplied, and I hope no one on the ground got hurt. Yes this is sad news, but we need to keep it in perspective. It's a setback but not a catastrophe. Life will go on.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm |


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