The ISS Progress 44 resupply craft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome August 24. The Russian Mission Control Center lost communications with the spacecraft a few minutes later. Credit: NASA TV
International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini discusses the loss of the ISS Progress 44 resupply craft during a news conference at Johnson Space Center. Credit: NASA TVThe ISS Progress 44 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 9 a.m. EDT (7 p.m. Kazakhstan time) August 24 on a Soyuz U rocket, bound for the International Space Station. At 5 minutes and 25 seconds into flight, the Soyuz rocket experienced a third-stage engine shutdown due to an anomaly. Given the trajectory and energy, the Progress did not reach orbit and landed in the Altai Region of Russia.