Course adjusted

The Progress 38 vehicle that failed to dock with the International Space Station last night has fired its engines to put it on course for a second attempt at 17:10 BST on Sunday, fourth of July. The previous attempt failed when the radar system, KURS, which automatically docks the robotic unmanned vehicle to the ISS lost contact between the two vehicles. The manual TORU system was not activated in time and so Progress sped happily by. Meetings between Russian and NASA officials resulted in the new schedule. If everything goes horribly wrong and Progress can’t deliver, the astronauts have supplies that will last until October and another scheduled Progress delivery in September.

Meanwhile, the New Horizon’s probe has fired its engine for a total of 35.6 seconds to accelerate by about one mile an hour, making its flyby of Pluto that little bit better coordinated.

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