“According to preliminary information, the contingency took place at an altitude of about 190 km [118 miles] over remote and unpopulated mountainous area of the Republic of Tyva,” officials with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, said. Early indications point to an issue with the Soyuz’s third stage. The Progress was loaded up with more than 2.5 tons (2.3 metric tons) of equipment, food and other supplies for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab. The freighter was supposed to arrive at the ISS on Saturday (Dec. 3). It was specified thatt he loss of the cargo ship will not affect the normal operations of the ISS and the life of the station crew. A Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) is scheduled to launch toward the ISS on Dec. 9.