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A child runs amongst some of the 1,600 papier mache pandas set up in Geneva by World Wildlife Fund members to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Sept. 2, 2011. (Sebastien Feval/AFP/Getty Images)
Like the Mary Celeste, the International Space Station (ISS) could be floating empty, devoid of humans by November. However, unlike the Mary Celeste, we’ll know exactly what happened to the crew.
In the wake of the Russian Progress vehicle crash shortly after launch on Aug. 24, a chain of events has been set into motion that could result in the decision not to fly astronauts into orbit. If this happens, the ISS will be temporarily mothballed before the end of the year to avoid landing astronauts during the harsh Kazakh winter.