NASA: Astronauts May Evacuate Space Station in November

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM EDT

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NASA: Astronauts May Evacuate Space Station in November

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM EDT

After last week's failure of a Russian rocket designed to bring supplies to the International Space Station, NASA officials said Monday that the orbiting lab might have to start operating without a crew in November if engineers in Russia can't figure out what caused the failure, according to a story on Space.com.

Six astronauts currently reside aboard the station. But three are scheduled to return to Earth in September, with the remaining three set to return in November, according to the report. If the rocket issue isn't fixed, a new crew won't be able to reach the station before the others depart, leaving it unmanned for the first time since 2001.

Watch video and read the Space.com story HERE.