A Russian Progress spacecraft has crashed in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on its way to the International Space Station. Bits and pieces of the vehicle are expected to have fallen onto our planet.
A Progress spaceship
The Russian space agency reported the explosion of an umanned spacecraft over the Pacific Ocean. The Progress-59 spaceship was moving about in orbit. It was meant to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. It was carrying over 3 tonnes of food, fuel and other supplies for the crew onboard the station. It deviated from its orbit at 10:04 p.m ET.
Small pieces of the vehicle might have reached our planet after it took the plunge.
“Only a few small pieces of structural elements could reach the planet’s surface,” Roscosmos said in a statement yesterday.
It was launced on the 28th of April from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Contact was lost with the Progress spaceship a short period of time after it detached from the upper-stage of its Soyuz rocket – that happened around 9 minutes after the launch.
Experts are currently investigating the case to determine the reason that led to the crash.