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Out-of-control Russian spacecraft set to crash on earth

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An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying 6,000 pounds of food, fuel and scientific experiments for the crew at the International Space Station (ISS) has gone out of control and is probably going to crash into the earth's atmosphere soon, said media reports and NASA on Wednesday.

According to NASA, "the Russian flight control team attempted to command the vehicle over four orbits flying over Russian ground sites with no success".

Currently spinning out of control in orbit, the spacecraft "will probably burn up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere"

The Progress M-27M was launched on Tuesday and was scheduled to dock at the International Space Station six hours later to deliver 2.5 tonnes of supplies, including food and fuel.

But flight controllers were unable to receive data from the spacecraft, which had entered the wrong orbit.

Mission Control spokesman Sergei Talalasov told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday that flight controllers were still trying to restore communication with the Progress.

Russia's space agency and NASA both said the six crew members on board the orbiting space station have sufficient supplies and are in no danger.


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