CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The crew of the International Space Station says a Russian supply ship that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch has been declared a total loss.
American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko told The Associated Press on Wednesday that flight controllers have given up trying to command the cargo carrier.
The unmanned vessel began tumbling shortly after its launch Tuesday from Kazakhstan.
Kelly says the vehicle will fall out of orbit and re-enter the atmosphere sometime soon. He's not sure exactly when.
The cargo ship contains 3 tons of food, water, fuel, clothes and equipment for the six station residents. Kelly says everything and everyone on board should be OK, even without this shipment. But he says it's still unfortunate. Kornienko calls it "a big concern."
Meanwhile, space station astronauts have finally hit the big time, at least when it comes to the big screen.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly said Wednesday that he and the rest of the crew are enjoying a 65-inch projection screen that was delivered to the ISS nearly two weeks ago. The rolled-up screen came up on a SpaceX Dragon capsule.
Kelly said the screen is useful for work as well as entertainment. Last weekend, for instance, the crew used it to watch the space film "Gravity." Until the projection screen arrived, astronauts had been stuck using their laptops for video conferences, training sessions and movies.
The Texas manufacturer, Screen Innovations, calls it the Viewscreen, the same name used by the fictional "Star Trek" crew.
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