Space station crew not prepping for shutdown -- yet

Sep 06, 2011 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

(AP) -- The astronauts aboard the International Space Station say ground controllers are figuring out how best to leave the complex running in case it needs to be temporarily abandoned.

A Russian rocket carrying space station supplies failed during two weeks ago and crashed into Siberia. It's the same type of rocket used to launch people. Until Russian engineers can figure out what went wrong, all launches are on hold.

A new crew was supposed to blast off this month. But the flight has been delayed until at least the beginning of November.

Astronaut Michael Fossum said Monday he and his crew will leave the space station in the best possible condition, if their replacements have not arrived by mid-November and it must be vacated.

Explore further: Innovative use of pressurant extends MESSENGER's mission, enables collection of new data

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

ISS crew prepares for repositioning

Mar 13, 2007

The Expedition 14 crew aboard the International Space Station was making final preparations Wednesday for a repositioning rocket firing.

Russians search for crashed spaceship in Siberia

Aug 25, 2011

(AP) -- Russian authorities said Thursday they are using helicopters in their search for the wreckage of the unmanned supply ship that crashed and exploded in a forested area in Siberia.

Russia delays next manned space flight

Aug 29, 2011

Russia on Monday delayed its next manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by at least a month after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into Siberia instead of reaching orbit.

Russian rocket docks with space station

Dec 17, 2010

A Russian Soyuz space rocket carrying three astronauts on Friday docked with the International Space Station (ISS), Russia's mission control said.

NASA fears leaving space station unmanned (Update)

Aug 30, 2011

The possible first-ever evacuation of the International Space Station, if a Russian spacecraft is not launched in November, would risk the loss of the orbiting lab, a NASA official has warned.

Recommended for you

The top 101 astronomical events to watch for in 2015

Dec 24, 2014

Now in its seventh year of compilation and the second year running on Universe Today, we're proud to feature our list of astronomical happenings for the coming year. Print it, bookmark it, hang it on your ...

NASA image: Frosty slopes on Mars

Dec 24, 2014

This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.