A Russian spacecraft bringing supplies to astronauts at the International Space Station failed to reach orbit and crashed on Wednesday, a failure which will not affect the astronauts intended to receive the cargo.
The failed launch happened due to an apparent failure of the rockets motor, according to Reuters.
The Russian Space Agency Roskomos said the six astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) have enough food and water to sustain while aboard the orbit station and the crash did not warrant an emergency evacuation, according to Reuters. The crew at the ISS has a storage stocked with supplies and will not likely have to come home early.
The emergency situation on the Soyuz-U booster and failure of the cargo Progress M-12M spacecraft to reach its targeted orbit will not affect the life support of the crews, Roskomos said in a statement.
The launch originating from Kazakhstan crashed just five minutes upon lift-off into Siberia on Wednesday was intended to bring extra supplies, including spare parts, food and fuel to six astronauts aboard the ISS, NASA said. Russian news sources say the crash burned up in the atmosphere and left behind some scattered debris in Sibera.
The ISS includes U.S. astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, Japan's Satoshi Furukawa and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyayev.
Crashes during supply missions are not typical from Russia's end, as more than 40 cargo flights were successfully launched to bring the ISS supplies, according to Reuters.