UNMANNED RUSSIAN SPACECRAFT EN-ROUTE TO ISS BURNS UP IN ATMOSPHERE

Moscow, – An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) burned up in the atmosphere shortly after lift-off Thursday, Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

Contact was lost with cargo spacecraft Progress MS-04’s telemetry equipment, which relays information about its whereabouts, about six minutes after lift-off from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

Roscosmos said in a statement that according to preliminary information, the spacecraft burned up at an altitude of about 190 kilometres over a remote and unpopulated mountainous area in Tuva in southern Siberia.

Progress MS-04 was carrying about 2.5 tons of supplies, including food and fuel.

Roscosmos said that the “loss of the cargo ship will not affect the normal operations of the ISS and the life of the station crew.” The ISS crew was kept informed about the situation with the cargo spacecraft.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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