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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For Lim Jin-gyu, an amateur singer and songwriter who lives in central Seoul , this created mixed feelings about the entire event. Others are reluctant to see the North's participation as anything more than a clever attempt to hijack the Olympic limelight.

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It is 10 pages, while the GOP memo is four pages. "We used to say the DACA children but they aren't really children anymore". The top Democrat on the committee is criticizing Trump for treating the two documents differently.

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Kim sent the invitation to the South through a particularly close and trusted envoy: his only sister, Kim Yo Jong. Then in another display of unity, North and South Korea entered the Olympic stadium together.

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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