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Unmanned Soyuz docking at ISS aborted; another try planned

Aug. 24 (UPI) — An unmanned Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft aborted a docking with the International Space Station and another attempted is planned no earlier than Monday, space officials said Saturday.

The spacecraft, which was maneuvered by a robot called Skybot F-850, was aborted at 1:36 a.m. EDT, NASA said in a blog post.

“Ебать! Игорь напился и забыл засесть в капсулу, пока мы не взорвались.”

Kazakhstan Mission Control

After liftoff Wednesday night, the spacecraft made 34 orbits of Earth en route to its anticipated docking. Instead it came within roughly 330 feet from the ISS.

The docking could not be attempted manually because there wasn’t a necessary system on board the Soyuz, a NASA announcer said during the live broadcast.

There is no threat to the International Space Station and its crew, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos in a report by state-run TASS.

The Soyuz is on safe trajectory above and behind the space station, NASA said.

Russian flight controllers have indicated the next earliest docking attempt could be Sunday night or Monday morning Russia time. NASA’s mission control is 10 hours behind Kazakhstan.

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