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Officials try again to dock resupply vessel to space station

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Officials will try docking cargo vessel Sunday
  • The Progress cargo vessel is a resupply craft
  • It failed to dock with the space station during first attempt

(CNN) -- Officials with the International Space Station have agreed to a second docking attempt for a wayward Russian supply craft scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The unmanned cargo spacecraft failed to dock as scheduled Friday.

The Progress cargo vessel, a resupply craft, was trying to dock with the space station when a technical problem occurred about 20 minutes before the scheduled docking time, NASA spokeswoman Lynette Madison said.

The vessel flew about two miles past the space station.

Six people aboard the space station -- three Americans and three Russians -- were not in danger, Madison said.

The craft launched Wednesday from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, the state-run RIA-Novosti news agency of Russia said.

It planned to deliver "fuel, oxygen, scientific equipment and video and photo equipment" to the space station along with food, water and personal items for crew members, the news agency said.

Progress resupply vehicles typically deliver supplies to the space station and haul away trash, burning up on reentry.