A recently launched re-supply mission that was bound for the International Space Station has failed and is expected to fall towards Earth. The unmanned payload fell out of contact with its mission controllers in Russia, and the spacecraft essentially became uncontrollable. A malfunction in the communications or other systems meant that it could not be piloted remotely and docked with the ISS. The craft continues to spin out of control away from the space station as it falls back toward Earth.
Abandoned Russian Supply Mission Bound For Space Station Expected To Crash Into Earth
Unfortunately for astronauts and cosmonauts alike on the International Space Station, the food supply will soon become monotonous as supply levels dwindle. No fear in the long run though, as it is likely another mission can be launched to re-supply the station in the near future. Meanwhile a bus-sized capsule packed full of Jello, Hot Pockets, and Tang will be merrily floating it’s way back to Earth to catch fire in the atmosphere. During re-entry it is unclear whether the entire capsule will burn up, or if remnants of it will come crashing back down to the surface.
Piles of garbage will also be building up at the International Space Station, since ISS Progress 59 was supposed to be stuffed full of refuse from the space station and incinerated in the atmosphere.
For this very reason, there are a multitude of contingency plans and back-up sources taken into consideration with the space station. Keeping the “trailer park in the sky” constantly resupplied with food, oxygen, and supplies is a joint effort of many nations. The next supply mission is set to take off in Mid-June, which by then will be a desperately needed source of supplies for those on board the space station.
Abandoned Russian Supply Mission Bound For Space Station Expected To Crash Into Earth.