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Russia: Progress Spacecraft “Ceased to Exist” Over Pacific

posted: 05/08/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Progress undocking from iSS
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An earlier Progress mission undocks from the International Space Station in 2013.
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Russia's Progress 59 spacecraft burned up in Earth's atmosphere and "ceased to exist" over the central Pacific Ocean, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos. A full state report detailing the spacecraft's failure is expected no later than May 13.

Progress 59 launched on a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan last Tuesday, carrying more than 6,000 pounds of supplies bound for the International Space Station. NASA has stated that all of the supplies on board are "replaceable".

The ISS crew's daily operations will not be affected by the missing supplies; the ISS is stocked with months of food and water. The next NASA-sponsored resupply mission, SpaceX's CSR-7, is currently slated for mid-June.

Russian news agency TASS reports that Roscosmos may be making adjustments to its future launches of Progress spacecraft. A working group has recommended that the next Progress launch, originally slated for May 14, be postponed to July while the remaining inventory of Soyuz rockets undergoes thorough inspections.

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