Explosion of Russian launch vehicle and loss of Progress freighter to the ISS
Photo Caption: BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN, 30th OF JUNE, 2010 Russian Progress cargo spacecraft launch from Baikonur cosmodrome to deliver cargos and payloads to the International Space Station. (Licensed image, canstockphoto.com)
It’s unfortunate for the loss of rocket, spacecraft and the supplies bound for ISS. However it should act as a reminder to all that this space industry is never to be taken for granted at any level at any time. It’s very fortunate there were no crew on board as the very same rocket is used to launch Soyuz, which is the only way right now to get to and from the ISS.
Hope the cause is found and fixed in a very timely fashion.