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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cargo Ship Can't Dock With ISS

A Russian cargo spaceship had problems docking with the International Space Station on Thursday, a spokesman for Mission Control said.

A proper connection could not be forged between the spaceship and the space station, preventing the unloading of cargo, including water, food and supplies for the U.S.-Russian-German crew of the station.

"The ship did not succeed in latching on tightly to the station," the spokesman said. "There is no danger to the crew."

"There was some problem with achieving a perfect seal. We have had such incidents before and it is not something extraordinary."

The spokesman said there was no communication with the space station at present and that mission control was waiting for the next communications window.

The Progress rocket took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe Monday.

Russian Mikhail Tyurin, American Michael Lopez-Alegria and German Thomas Reiter have manned the ISS since September. Reiter's mission will be over in December while the Russian and American will spend another five months in orbit.