Russian rocket launch cancelled just seconds before take off

"The launch of Russia's Progress 69 resupply ship to the space station today has been aborted", Nasa said on Sunday on its Twitter page for updates from the ISS.

The scheduled mission of the Progress-MS08 cargo spacecraft was postponed until Tuesday after its Soyuz-2.1A rocket failed to lift off from Baikonur on Sunday, Russia's Roscosmos space agency said in a statement.

The unmanned spaceship was aiming to reach the station in a record-breaking three-and-a-half hours. The change will reduce the workload and time spent inside the cramped Soyuz capsule for future station crews.

In the final minute before liftoff, two umbilical towers are created to pull away from the Soyuz rocket at key stages in the launch sequence, Navias said. A puff of vapor vented from the rocket's pressurized propellant tanks as the countdown halted. However, Sunday's launch abort shares similarities with the last-minute abort of an earlier cargo ship -Progress 68 -on October 12.

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McMaster met with his Turkish counterpart in Istanbul last week amid growing tensions between the two countries. On Jan. 20, Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" to clear YPG militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

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Launch aborts are rare for Russia's Soyuz rockets, the country's workhorse boosters for crewed and uncrewed space missions.

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

Ground crews at the Baikonur Cosmodrome packed the pressurized cabin inside the Progress MS-08 supply ship with 3,064 pounds (1,390 kilograms) of equipment, scientific hardware, food and supplies for the station's six-person crew, Roscosmos said.

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