In the wake of a Russian rocket failure, NASA is considering evacuating the crew of the International Space Station.
The space station evacuation is one possibility following the failure of the unmanned Russian supply spacecraft just after its Aug. 24, 2011 launch. The vehicle’s Progress 44 cargo craft, and its 2.9 tons of supplies bound for the International Space Station, crashed in Siberia.
The two Soyuz lifeboats now at the station, and flight rules that call for crews to return to Earth during daylight.
As it stands, three station crewmates scheduled to return to Earth on Sept. 8, 2011 and the three other station crew members would return before Nov. 19, 2011
The planned Sept. 21, 2011 launch of a new station crew is being postponed indefinitely.