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Russian Space Cargo Ship Expected To Burn Up On May 8

Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, has updated its estimate on the disintegration of an unmanned supply ship that failed to reach the International Space Station, saying it is now expected to fall back to Earth during the early morning hours of May 8.

In a statement, the Russian space agency said on May 7 that the Progress supply ship would “cease to exist” between 00:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Moscow time on May 8.

Roscosmos said: "The spacecraft will burn up upon its reentry to the Earth's atmosphere, and only some small fragments of its structural elements” may
reach the Earth’s surface.

It said the crash would be carried out “under control” and that any debris that reaches the Earth’s surface would be similar in size to debris from a normal planned descent.

Progress supply ships are designed to disintegrate as they descend back through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and Interfax