A Russian rocket destined for the International Space Station (ISS) cancelled its lift off just seconds before it was supposed to blast into the sky.
The Progress 69 cargo ship had been scheduled to lift off from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today to make the journey to the ISS.
The unmanned spaceship was aiming to reach the station in a record-breaking three-and-a-half hours.
The rocket was carrying three tonnes of fuel, food and other supplies for the six-person crew who are currently on board the ISS.
According to Space.com, NASA spokesman Rob Navias said: ‘The countdown ended just seconds before liftoff with an abort command that was sent from the blockhouse at Baikonur.’
He added that in the final minute before lift off, one of the two umbilical towers designed to pull away from the rocket that trigger the start of the engine sequencing process may have failed.
A spokesperson from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said: ‘During the launch, an order was made for the engines to be automatically turned off. The causes are being clarified.’
Earlier, a source in the Russian space agency told news agency Interfax that the launch may have failed due to a computer failure in the control system.
The launch has been rescheduled for Tuesday 13th February