MOSCOW – An unmanned Russian space cargo rocket caught fire on Friday as it entered the atmosphere after spinning out of control, a spokesman of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos said.
“The Progress M-27M entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 0204 GMT over the Pacific Ocean,’’ the spokesman said.
Scientists predicted that the 7-ton rocket would almost completely disintegrate before hitting the surface, with the exception of a few pieces of steel or titanium.
It never reached the International Space Station (ISS) and has been flying in an ever-lower orbit since.
An investigation into the cause would run until May 13, but the third stage of the booster rocket already was thought to be to blame.
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