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Fall of Russia's defunct spacecraft confirmed — NORAD

May 08, 2015, 8:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The results of the investigation into the causes of the accident will be submitted not later than May 13
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©  ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Dzhanibekov

MOSCOW, May 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Progress M-27M spacecraft has burned in dense atmosphere, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has confirmed.

According to NORAD, the Progress ceased to exist approximately at 02:20 UTC.

Earlier, Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, reported that the spacecraft had lost the near-Earth orbit and burned in dense atmosphere above the Pacific Ocean at 05:04 a.m. Moscow Time [02:04 UTC] on Friday, May 8.

The Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft was launched on a Soyuz carrier rocket on April 28 from the Baikonur space center Russia leases from Kazakhstan. The rocket took the spacecraft to a higher orbit than required to dock with the International Space Station (ISS).

After a few unsuccessful attempts to get control of the spacecraft, experts gave up the idea. The Progress was carrying food, oxygen and other cargos to the ISS crew. The results of the investigation into the causes of the accident will be submitted not later than May 13.

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