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Progress cargo spacecraft to be dumped in the Pacific Ocean

April 21, 2013, 3:56 UTC+3
The Progress M-17M engines are to switch over to a slowdown mode at 18:07 Moscow time
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MOSCOW, April 21 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian cargo spacecraft Progress that has docked off the International Space Station on April 15 will be dumped at a spacecraft cemetery in the Pacific Ocean on April 21, a source at the Mission Control Center based near Moscow told Itar-Tass.

The Progress M-17M engines are to switch over to a slowdown mode at 18:07 Moscow time. The spacecraft will start coming off orbit. Unburned fragments will reach the surface of the Pacific Ocean approximately in an hour.

Progress M-17M will be dumped in a specially designated area in the Pacific Ocean away from navigation routes. According to preliminary report, the freight spacecraft’s debris would fall down in the ocean 4,350 km away from Wellington.

"Progress M-17M docked with the International Space Station on October 31, 2012. Progress N-18M is still at the station. The next spacecraft - Progress M-19M - is to lift off from Baikonur on April 24.

 

 

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