NASA says it flew past at a safe distance and no astronauts were harmed.
Launched Wednesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Progress 38 spacecraft, known as Progress M-06-M in Russia, contains nearly 2.5 tons of supplies, including clothing, equipment and fresh food.
It also includes propellant fuel, oxygen and spare parts, but these materials are not immediately critical. The capsule failed to dock after a telemetry lock failed.
What if the next unmanned service module will fail to dock as this one? And the next one? It’s not like the astronauts can go outside and start hunting.
NASA said that it will not attempt another docking today. Russian flight controllers don’t know yet what caused the failure in the unmanned modules automated docking system.
“The Progress literally flew past the station, but at a safe distance from the outpost,” NASA commentator said. “The station crew reported seeing the Progress drift beyond their view, as they worked to reestablish telemetry with the spacecraft.”