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NASA to Launch Cargo Craft 

NASA(SPACE) -- An unpiloted cargo craft is scheduled to deliver nearly three tons of food, fuel, supplies and experimental hardware Saturday to the International Space Station.

NASA is launching the cargo craft, the ISS Progress 52, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is expected to reach the space station in approximately six hours, after orbiting the earth four times.

The ISS Progress 52 will provide the vital supplies to the six crew members currently aboard the International Space Station. will livestream the spacecraft's launch and arrival at the Pris docking station.

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Russian Spacecraft Carrying Supplies to ISS Crashes

NASA(MOSCOW) -- Six months worth of food and supplies for the International Space Station were lost Wednesday when an unmanned supply ship launched from Kazakhstan failed to reach orbit and fell apart over Siberia.

“Just about three minutes shy of achieving orbit, the Russian control teams reported an abnormal situation on board the Progress and a loss of telemetry with the vehicle,” said NASA’s Pat Ryan.

Officials with NASA stress that the six astronauts aboard the ISS have plenty of supplies after Shuttle Atlantis docked there in July.

This rocket was unmanned, but the incident could be seen as worrying to the agency: with the space shuttle program mothballed, NASA astronauts must hitch rides to and from the space station on Russian rockets, at a cost of roughly $60 million a seat.

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International Space Station Crew Misses Collision with Space Junk

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Potential orbital disaster was averted Tuesday, and the crew of the International Space Station didn't have to move an inch.

NASA had told the three astronauts aboard the ISS that they might have to duck into their Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft because a six-inch piece of space junk was heading their way.

The debris was from the Chinese Feng Yun 1C satellite that was blown up in an anti-satellite test four years ago.  Since then, the wreckage has been descending slowly, posing a threat to other satellites, as well as the ISS, as it does so.

Usually, NASA catches sight of space junk well in advance to give the ISS crew enough time to move the spacecraft slightly to avoid any collision that might put a hole in the floating station.  However, that wasn't the case Tuesday, necessitating the warning to take shelter in the Soyuz.

Hours later, the red alert turned to green as flight controllers told commander Dmitri Kondratyev, flight engineer Paolo Nespoli and NASA flight engineer Catherine "Cady" Coleman that the probability of collision was nil and they could resume business as usual.

All this was good news for the crew because their replacements, who lifted off from Kazakhstan Monday, are due to dock with the ISS Wednesday evening.

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