Russian Supply Ship For Space-Station Crashes......

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The station has 6 months of supplies so there's no rush, but the lack of American backup must be a concern.
 

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First the satellite, now this... Yes. We suck at space... How the hell did we put the first dog, man, and woman up there, I begin to wonder.
 

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I meant in the immediate (short term) future, sorry. Maybe Virgin Galactic can extend their flight plans in the longer term...
 

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Space station may be abandoned during probe of Soyuz failure

The failure of a Soyuz rocket to send a supply ship into space last week may mean that the International Space Station will have to be temporarily abandoned for the first time since 2000, Florida Today reports.

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Last week, the third-stage failure of a Soyuz rocket sent an unmanned Progress supply ship crashing into Siberia.

As a result, plans to launch a new crew to the station Sept. 21 have been postponed indefinitely while Russian officials investigate why the rocket failed.

Mike Suffredini, NASA's program manager for the space station, says two factors could force the temporary abandonment of the station, the newspaper reports.

First, is the imminent expiration date of the "certified orbital lifetimes" of two Soyuz "lifeboats" attached to the station. The second involves flight rules that call for crews to return to Earth during daylight.

more: Space station may be abandoned during probe of Soyuz failure

Wow, guess the 'space race' is really over!