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The Russian Progress 59 cargo spacecraft is falling to Earth

on 30 April 2015

Update 08.05.2015: The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) reports the Progress 59 cargo craft reentered the Earth’s atmosphere at 10:04 p.m. EDT (05:04 a.m. Romania time, 8 May) over the central Pacific Ocean.

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has lost control of the Progress 59 cargo spacecraft launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday, 28 April.

The unmanned ship is now spinning out of control in the wrong orbit and it is expected to burn up upon re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, with small chances of threats to human life.

In the last days Roscosmos has been unsuccessfully trying to establish a line of communication and gain control over the ship which had the mission to carry food, fuel, oxygen and water to the International Space Station (ISS).

Roscosmos and NASA both said the six crew members on board the ISS have sufficient supplies and are in no danger.

As teams continue to monitor Progress 59, additional updates and more information about the status of the spacecraft will be release by NASA here.

Image credit: ESA