For ground control, however, this is old hat. "We've had such situations earlier," said Mission Control chief Vladimir Solovyov, who admitted that the result of the "chaotic flight" was hard to predict. "They're trained to deal with such consequences," he said.
Even without their version of Hal, the crew has enough oxygen and food for the moment. And the docking, performed manually by new commander Anatoly Solovyov, was successful. That, at least, is an improvement.