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Unmanned Russian Cargo Ship Burned up On way to International Space Station, ISS


An unmanned cargo ship which was travelling to ISS (International Space Station) burned up after in the atmosphere shortly after launching on Thursday, said by the Russian space agency. Agency said, raising concerns over space travel security.

“According to preliminary information, as a result of an abnormal situation, the cargo ship’s loss occurred some 190 kilometres (110 miles) above the remote, unpopulated mountainous territory of (Russia’s) Tuva region, and most fragments burned up in dense layers of the atmosphere,” Roscosmos said in a statement.

The Russian Space agency said the loss will not affect the normal operations of ISS system and the subsistence of the station’s crew.

Roscosmos said that, The Ship, which had been scheduled to arrive at the ISS (International Space Station) on Saturday, was carrying 2.4 tonnes of fuel, food and equipment.

Roscosmos said earlier on Thursday that it had lost contact with the Progress MS-04 ship 383 seconds after launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The problem was being investigated by the specialists.

This incident forced Russia to put hold on all space travel for about three months.

NASA said on its website that supplies at the space laboratory are “at good levels”.

Last month French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and American astronaut Peggy Whitson launched to the ISS for a six-month mission in November, who confirmed that ISS crew had enough supplies.

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