Russian Spaceship Plummets to Earth

Progress had entered the wrong orbit and went into a spin after April 28 launch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2015 6:26 AM CDT
In this Feb. 5, 2014, photo provided by NASA, an ISS Progress resupply vehicle approaches the International Space Station.    (NASA via AP)

(Newser) – Russia's space agency says the unmanned cargo ship that went out of control en route to the International Space Station has fallen to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. A brief statement from Roscosmos says the Progress craft entered the planet's atmosphere about 10pm EDT yesterday. Progress was expected to mostly burn up from the friction of the re-entry, and there were no reports of fragments being spotted.

The cargo ship was launched on April 28, but it entered the wrong orbit and went into a spin. The statement said the re-entry was over the central part of the ocean but did not give coordinates. The next launch of a supply ship, by the US company SpaceX, is planned for June. (Read more Russia stories.)

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