Space ship mal­func­tions, breaks up over Siberia

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

MOSCOW: An un­manned Rus­sian cargo space­ship head­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion broke up in the at­mos­phere over Siberia on Thurs­day due to an un­spec­i­fied mal­func­tion, the Rus­sian space agency said. The Progress MS-04 cargo craft broke up at an al­ti­tude of 190 kilo­me­ters (118 miles) over the re­mote Rus­sian Tuva re­gion in Siberia that bor­ders Mon­go­lia, Roscos­mos said in a state­ment. It said most of space­ship’s de­bris burnt up as it en­tered the at­mos­phere but some fell to Earth over what it called an un­in­hab­ited area.

Lo­cal peo­ple re­ported see­ing a flash of light and hear­ing a loud thud west of the re­gional cap­i­tal of Kyzyl, more than 3,600 kilo­me­ters (2,200 miles) east of Moscow, the Tuva gov­ern­ment was quoted as say­ing late Thurs­day by the In­ter­fax news agency.

The Progress cargo ship had lifted off as sched­uled at 8:51 p.m. (1451 GMT) from Rus­sia’s space launch com­plex in Baikonur, Kaza­khstan, to de­liver 2.5 met­ric tons of fuel, water, food and other sup­plies. It was set to dock with the space sta­tion on Satur­day.

— AP

BAIKONUR, Kaza­khstan: In this photo dated Tues­day, Nov, 29, 2016 the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with the Progress MS-04 cargo ship is in­stalled on a launch pad.

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