“A total loss” was declared to a Russian supply capsule when it went into an irrepressible spin after its launch last Wednesday, but the International Space Station astronauts stated they will manage to get by without the ration of fresh food, water, clothes and equipment.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly gave the Associated Press assurance, “We should be OK. I think we’re going to be in good shape.”
In an interview, the space station’s one-year crew members, Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko said during that flight, controllers gave up trying to command the cargo carrier. The news was later confirmed by NASA and Russian Space Agency.
Bearing goods up to 3 tons, the unmanned Progress vessel began its tumble when it reached orbit Tuesday, after launching from Kazakhstan. Igor Komarov, head of Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, cited the lack of pressure in the propulsion system, as the deciding factor why the mission was aborted.
Kelly predicts the craft to fall out of orbit and reenter the atmosphere, while Russian reports indicates a re-entry possibly by next week.
Expected to burn harmlessly in the atmosphere, like the case for all Progress carriers, once the capsule has delivered their shipments and are filled with trash.
Kelly said of the one month yearlong mission, which will be a record for NASA, “The program plans for these kinds of things to happen. They’re very unfortunate when they do,”
NASA officials planned for a six-month supply of food on the space station, but due to the Orbital Sciences accident, their reserves are down to a month or so.