Following the mid-air disaster with its Progress M-27M cargo ship to ISS, Russian federal space agency Roscosmos has said that the upcoming manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) would be re-worked or even delayed.
“The programme of the next expedition to the ISS on May 26 may be adjusted due to possible postponements of the launch dates of cargo spacecraft and amendments to the ISS flight programme,” said Roscosmos’ Mission Control Center in a statement on Wednesday.
The new batch of astronauts or cosmonauts have been undergoing training on the simulator of the Russian segment of the ISS at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center located in the Star City east of Moscow, the nation’s capital.
The crew consists of Oleg Kononenko from Russia, Yui Kimiya from Japan, and Kjell Lindgren from the US.
The Progress M-27M cargo ship carrying 2.5 metric tons of cargo, lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on April 28 but failed to reach the destination and instead went into uncontrolled spin.
Roscosmos expects the Progress to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn out on Friday but fears are still lingering about its locations and the possible experience of another skylab fall from the space.