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Russian spacecraft ‘plunging to Earth out of control’

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Published on May 01, 2015 with No Comments

AN UNMANNED Russian cargo spacecraft ferrying supplies to the International Space Station is plunging back to Earth — and Moscow says it can’t stop it.
The loss of the Progress supply ship, a Soviet design known for its reliability, is the latest embarrassment for Russia’s space program that has been recently hit by a series of mishaps.
Officials from the Russian space agency told a hastily arranged news conference that the capsule had been lost.
“Most likely it is some sort of unforeseen situation related to the separation of the ship from the carrier,” Alexander Ivanov, deputy chief of the Roscosmos state agency, said.
“It is impossible to say now who is guilty and of what.”
Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov said the vessel’s debris is likely to burn up in the atmosphere, estimating the cost of the launch and the spacecraft at nearly 2.6 billion roubles ($63.34 million).
Roscosmos estimates that the vessel will disintegrate some time between May 5-7.



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