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Progress 38 docking issues and far, far away flags on your SpacePod for July 6th, 2010. On July 2nd, 2010 an automated docking of the Progress 38 resupply vehicle to the International Space Station failed. The Progress vehicle launched aboard a Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010. About 25 minutes prior to docking problems cropped up. An interference issue between the automated KURS system and the manual TORU system seems to have caused the abort. About an hour after the problems started, Russian managers told the crew to just stand down for the day. At this point international news teams started having an absolute field day with this. CNN Reporter: Yes, we're just collecting information about what we're hearing about something going on in space. An unmanned vehicle or vessel I should say was trying to dock with the international space station, something went wrong, and wasn't able to dock. So it's up there right now if you will. There is no danger to the astronauts or the international space station, there is no danger even to the planet Earth quite frankly because it will just eventually burn up in the atmosphere. But that's the latest we're getting from NASA. A quick break right here in the CNN newsroom. We'll be right back. It's a good thing you guys fired your science reporters. Wouldn't want you to sound dumb or spread mis-information. RT Reporter: A Russian supply spacecraft has failed to dock at the international space station. This is the first time this has ever happened in history. Of course this is an unusual incident actually. It hasn't happened before in the history of the ISS? Other Reporter: Absolutely, this has not happened before ever! Huh. Well, that's just plain wrong. While Progress vehicles have had docking issues with the ISS before, heck even as recent as May of this year, generally they simply switch to the TORU manual docking mechanism and all is fine. But even outside of that, the Progress vehicle has had a serious problem docking before, just not with the ISS. On June 25th, 1997 while running a TURS system test a Progress vehicle came in too fast and slammed in to the MIR space station. Not only did this vehicle not dock but it damaged the space station causing emergency decompression and throwing MIR in to an uncontrolled spin. Michael Foale: We thought there was a collision imminent. The thought in our minds is we're going to have to bail out. And I was the first one to go through the procedures to the Soyuz and there I waited. Then as it became apparent that it wasn't a devistating puncture of the hull in the Spektr module and then we had time to work and try to isolate it. Then I came out of the Soyuz and understood that this would mean that we would not be abandoning quite yet. And we then proceed to work together, I with Sasha Lazutkin, to clear cables and pull the hatch in place over that module entranceway. So yeah, they have had issues docking the Progress vehicle before. Of course in this case, there was no collision and everyone was safe the entire time. The Progress vehicle noted the issue and went into safe mode flying past the ISS at a very safe distance of 3 kilometers or 1.8 miles. On Saturday some course correction changes were uploaded to the progress vehicle. Then on Sunday, July 4th at 16:17 UTC the Progress vehicle safely docked with the International Space Station. Progress 38 is carrying 2.6 tonnes of fuel, food, water and supplies for the six Expedition 24 crew members aboard Station. A few minutes of scary followed by engineering pulling out the awesome to get the craft docked safely with ISS. That's how space goes! Before we go, it is kinda cool to think that this last 4th of July, the American flag furthest from its home country of the US wasn't on foreign soil, it wasn't on the ISS and it wasn't even on the Moon! The furthest American flag out there is about 17 Billion Kilometers or about 10.5 billion miles traveling aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft! The next furthest flag out there is aboard Voyager 2 which is just under 14 billion kilometers or 8.5 billion miles. How far away is that? Well, so far that each craft is leaving our home solar system. How's that for awesome? More at http://www.spacevidcast.com

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Duration: 4 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Benjamin Higginbotham
Views: 93
Posted by: spacevidcaster on Jul 14, 2010

Progress 38 docking issues and far, far away flags on your SpacePod for July 6th, 2010.

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