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Progress Spacecraft Launch Successful 83

Zothecula writes "The future of the International Space Station (ISS) became more secure on Sunday, October 30, 2011 when the Russian space agency Rosocosmos carried out a successful launch of an unmanned Progress spacecraft. The 15,718 lb (7,130 kg) cargo ship carried its three tons of supplies into orbit and successfully deployed its solar arrays without incident. This launch confirms that the Soyuz-U launch vehicle is once again safe to carry the manned spacecraft needed to ferry crews to the ISS."
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Progress Spacecraft Launch Successful

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  • What? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by residieu ( 577863 ) on Monday October 31, 2011 @12:58PM (#37896762)
    Sure, I should read the article, but the summary makes no sense. Why does the successful launch of one spacecraft prove that it's safe to launch manned spacecraft again? One successful launch doesn't prove anything.
  • Re:Safe again .. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Monday October 31, 2011 @01:23PM (#37897098) Homepage Journal

    It's more likely these are last decades. A few more years, and people will decide the ISS is a useless money drain, which they can no longer afford.

    Yeah, but with China jumping into space, the US may again feel the need to put the first beach house on the Moon.

    Even if we have to borrow the money from China to fund it!

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