Russian cargo vessel misses space station: Reports

An unmanned Russian cargo vessel floated past the int`l space station in a failed docking attempt.

Updated: Jul 03, 2010, 00:11 AM IST

Moscow: An unmanned Russian cargo vessel floated past the international space station on Friday in a failed docking attempt, Russian news agencies reported, citing the station`s commander and space officials.

An automatic docking procedure went awry as the Progress M-O6M approached the station, currently occupied by a six-member Russian-American crew, Itar-Tass, Interfax and RIA reported.

The cargo ship "is moving away from us," Interfax quoted the station`s commander, cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, as saying in a communication with Russian mission control outside Moscow.

Skvrotsov said the Progress was "spinning uncontrollably" and later that it had disappeared from view, the report said.

A mission control official said the ship had passed the station at a "safe distance" of about 3 km (1.9 miles), Interfax reported.

Russian media cited space officials as saying there was no accident aboard the Progress -- carrying a cargo including food, fuel, water and equipment.

A new attempt to dock the cargo craft would be made on Sunday, a Russian space official told RIA.

The space station`s current crew members are Skvortsov, Mikhail Korniyenko

Bureau Report