Russian space cargo ship falls out of sky: remember when we were afraid of them?

So this must be really embarrassing for the Russians.  A basic unmanned cargo ship carrying fuel and supplies to the ISS failed to reach orbit – insert crude comment later – and burned up on re-entry.  This is a little disturbing because now all US astronauts are going to be hitching rides on Russian spacecraft since the retirement of the space shuttle.

 An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying food and fuel to the International Space Station failed to reach orbit and burned up in the atmosphere shortly after launch on Wednesday, potentially affecting staffing of the orbital outpost.

The accident occurred about five minutes after a Russian Progress rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9 a.m. EDT, due to an apparent failure of the rocket’s upper-stage motor.

But it was the latest in a series of costly botched launches that could fuel worries over reliance onRussia as the only means to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

On August 17, a multimillion-dollar communications satellite was placed in an incorrect orbit, apparently due to an upper-stage motor failure. That prompted Russia to ground its chief Proton-M rocket for commercial and military launches.

But it was the latest in a series of costly botched launches that could fuel worries over reliance on Russia as the only means to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.

On August 17, a multimillion-dollar communications satellite was placed in an incorrect orbit, apparently due to an upper-stage motor failure. That prompted Russia to ground its chief Proton-M rocket for commercial and military launches.

Gonna be hard to blame this one on the dog.

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