A Soyuz rocket booster carrying Progress supply ship was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
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Russian Progress space freighter lost

An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency said the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying three tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

With the retirement of the US space shuttle, there is now a critical reliance on robotic freighters to keep the station supplied.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

  • 24 Aug 2011
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