Space station has plenty of supplies: NASA
The six-member crew aboard the International Space Station has plenty of food and fuel and will not be immediately affected by the crash of a Russian supply ship, NASA said Wednesday.
"We have a very good backload of food, fuel and other consumables on board the ISS after the STS-135 shuttle mission," NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries told AFP.
The loss of Russia's unmanned Progress capsule, which crashed into Siberia after an upper stage launch vehicle failure about five minutes after liftoff, will require some changes to the "overall logistic but it should not have an immediate impact on the crew," he added.
"It's premature to discuss the possibility of reducing the size of the next crew. I don't anticipate that."
The supply ship had been carrying about three tons of supplies toward the orbiting research lab.
The retirement of the US space shuttle program earlier this year has left Russia as the sole nation capable of toting crew to the ISS, though cargo missions can be sent by Japan and Europe as well.
Last month's final mission by the US shuttle Atlantis, known as STS-135, carried up more than five tons of provisions for the outpost.
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