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Russian Spaceship Misses ISS, May Be Falling To Earth


A Russian cargo spaceship that failed to reach the International Space Station (ISS) after experiencing technical difficulties may have begun falling to Earth.

Russia's space agency said earlier on April 29that it had lost contact with the Progress M-27M, which blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 28.

Roskosmos officials said all attempts to regain control over the spaceship were unsuccessful.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly said the craft will fall out of orbit and reenter the atmosphere. Russian reports indicated a reentry possibly next week.

Kelly also said astronauts at the ISS will get by without the delivery of fresh food, water, clothes and equipment.

NASA-hired private company SpaceX plans to send up a load of supplies in June. Its most recent shipment arrived less than two weeks ago.

The capsule is expected to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere, as is the case for all Progress carriers, once they have delivered their shipments and are filled with trash.

Based on reporting by Interfax, TASS, and Vandenberg.af.mil
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