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Progress Cargo Vessel to Hit the Ground on May 8 - American Space Agency
6.05.2015 00:17
Progress Cargo Vessel to Hit the Ground on May 8 - American Space Agency

Russia'a 'Progress-M-27 M' cargo vessel that failed to dock with the ISS earlier is now gradually descenting from its orbit to fall to the ground somewhere around May 8, almost at any point on the globe, according to American USSTRATCOM space center.

      The most possible region for the vessel's fragments fall is placed in latitude 35 degrees North and 113 degrees West, near the Pasific coast of the North America.

      Earlier the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, announced that Progress would fall to the Earth on May 9, after making 187 orbits of the planet. The new date is now set to May 8, on the Progress's 167th circuit. According to NORAD, Progress will fall in the region in latitude 26,7 North and 63,1 West - somewhere in the central part of the Atlantic Ocean 1,6 thousand kilometres south of Cuba.

      In its turn, Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said the Progress's fragments would reach the Earth from 5 to 7 of May. According to the agency's representatives, the exact place of the crash can be estimated only one or two day before it.

      Progress was launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, April 27, carrying fuel, oxygen, food and scientific equipment for the crew of the International Space Station. However, the spacecraft failed to dock with the ISS, lost contact, became uncontrollable and designated as space junk. The next cargo vessel will reach the ISS only in September.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Progress ISS Russian spacecrafts space exploration  

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