Russia aborts rocket launch to the ISS with one minute to go

Russia’s space agency aborted the launch of a rocket and cargo ship just one minute before lift-off.

Roscosmos announced a two-day delay of the Soyuz rocket launch after the lift-off was cancelled, setting a new date of 13 February.

In a statement, the agency explained: “During the launch, an order was made for the engines to be automatically turned off, the causes are being clarified.

The launch was rescheduled for February 13. Pic: Twitter/roscosmos

“The launch is rescheduled for the reserve date of 13 February.”

The Soyuz rocket was carrying a Progress cargo ship from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station, with the aim of getting there within three-and-a-half hours.

It was unmanned, carrying tons of supplies to the ISS, where six astronauts, two Russians, three Americans and one from Japan, are currently living and working.

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