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According to NASA officials, an unmanned Russian cargo ship filled with tons of supplies for astronauts aboard the International Space Station malfunctioned today and crashed back into earth. The ship blasted off at 9 a.m. ET and was due to arrive at the station on Friday.

"Unfortunately, about 325 seconds into flight, shortly after the third stage was ignited, the vehicle commanded an engine shutdown due to an engine anomaly," says Mike Suffredini, NASA space station program manager. "The vehicle impacted in the Altai region of the Russian Federation.”

The cargo ship, Progress 44, was loaded up with 2.9 tons of food, supplies and fuel for the six astronauts on the space station. A video of the launch shows the cargo ship rocketing off into a clear sky. Officials at NASA have reported that "at the time of launch, the space station was flying 230 miles over Equatorial Guinea on the west coast of Africa.”

Within six days, this is the second spacecraft to become lost during launch. Express AM4, the $300 million Russian communications satellite, failed to reach its destination on August 18 after it blasted off a Proton rocket. According to Russian officials, the satellite was found drifting in the wrong orbit.
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