Disaster: BREAKING: Russian space craft failed 3rd stage (UPDATED)

19:28 Dec. 1, 2016

BREAKING: Russian space craft failed 3rd stage (UPDATED)

The night sky abpove the NASA's truck-mounted radar instrument (AP photo)

The Progress space craft mission ended unsuccessfully, media report

The Russian space craft "Progress" has reportedly failed to reach the projected orbit and collapsed after having lost radio connection with the Earth, the UNIAN agency reports. 

The space craft seemingly won't arrive at the International Space Station, the Russian TASS agency reports referring to its sources. 

"Taking into account that the launch rocket's third stage has burnt out prematurely, the vehicle is likely to have crashed somewhere near China or the Pacific," the source told agency.

The Progress spacecraft never made it into proper orbit without that full third stage burn, the agency notes. 

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The "Progress" space ship had been launched with the "Sojuz-U" rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was meant to deliver 2,5 tonnes of cargo for the International Space Station, including fuel, water and air, science equipment and gear, food, clothes, drugs and personal cleansing for the station's crew. 

Meanwhile, Russian space agency confirmed the crash to media. 

The debris of the collapsed vehicle are reported to have impacted the Earth in the remote Russian autonomous republic of Tuva north-west of the Mongolian border. 

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