(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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