Kazakhstan: Russia's Soyuz Rockets Grounded During Accident Investigation

Russia lost an unmanned Progress cargo space craft Wednesday after it failed to separate from its Soyuz-U carrier rocket and crashed back into the Earth somewhere in Siberia.

The space freighter was to deliver 2.7 tons of food, medical and scientific equipment, and other items to the International Space Station (ISS).

While the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, says the loss of the supplies does not compromise the safety of the ISS astronauts, the real problem is that Russia has now grounded its Soyuz rocket program until it can figure out what caused the accident. This means there is no way to get supplies or a replacement crew to the ISS.

Should the astronauts need to abandon the ISS they can use the Russian-made escape vehicle docked there.

Source: www.planetdata.net