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Fragments of Soyuz-2.1b rocket’s first stage found in Russia's east

November 29, 2017, 12:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

It was reported earlier that the rocket’s fragments after its launch should have fallen at the boundary of the Zeya and Tynda districts

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MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. Roscosmos specialists have found three fragments of the first stage of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket in the north of the Amur Region in the Russian Far East, local district head Andrei Lozhechkin told TASS on Wednesday.

The carrier rocket blasted off from the Vostochny space center on Tuesday.

"Roscosmos specialists who surveyed from aboard a Mi-8 helicopter the district of the probable fall of the first stage, found its three fragments on the territory of the Tynda district," head of the Zeya district Lozhechkin said.

The fragments that were found were cut into parts and delivered to the town of Zeya from where they will be transported by vehicles to the Tsiolkovsky research center at the Vostochny cosmodrome, he said.

It was reported earlier that the rocket’s fragments after its launch should have fallen at the boundary of the Zeya and Tynda districts.

A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome at 08:41 Moscow time with 19 space satellites on board on Tuesday.

Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos earlier reported that "the Soyuz 2.1b rocket put the booster Fregat and space satellite Meteor-M in the designated intermediate orbit." However, efforts failed to establish contact with the booster during the first planned communications session.

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