SPACESHIP BREAKS UP OVER SIBERIA
moscow» An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday because of an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said.
The Progress MS-04 cargo craft broke up at an altitude of 118 miles over the remote Russian Tuva region in Siberia that borders Mongolia, Roscosmos said. It said most of space ship’s debris burnt up as it entered the atmosphere but some fell to Earth over what it called an uninhabited area. People reported seeing a flash of light and hearing a loud thud west of the regional capital of Kyzyl, more than 2,200 miles east of Moscow.
The Progress cargo ship was delivering 2.5 metric tons of fuel, water, food and other supplies. It was set to dock with the space station Saturday. The Associated Press