Astronauts on the International Space Station will have to wait a little longer for fresh supplies, as the most they saw of today’s supply ship was a tiny dot in the distance illuminated by the sun’s rays.
The Russian unmanned Progress cargo vessel missed the docking completely due to what mission control called faulty telemetry. The ISS’s Russian commander reported he saw the ship spinning uncontrollably as it passed by, but mission control denied it had lost control of the vessel.
It carries 2.6 tonnes of food, fuel and water, but for the moment the missed docking is not being described as an emergency and a fresh attempt will be made on Sunday.
For the moment no reason for the equipment failure is being advanced.