HOUSTON — Russia’s Progress 44 supply capsule, filled with 5,900 lb. of supplies for the International Space Station, crashed back to Earth shortly after launching onboard a Soyuz rocket early Aug. 24, injecting uncertainty over future cargo and crew transport plans early in NASA’s post-shuttle era. The unpiloted space freighter commanded a shutdown of the third stage in response to an engine anomaly 325 sec. after lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9 a.m. ...

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