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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

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