Russian Space Corporation Roscosmos confirmed Thursday that a cargo spaceship blasted off earlier in the day had been lost over the territory of southern Siberia’s Tuva region.

Earlier on Thursday, the Roscosmos said it had lost telemetry contact with a Progress MS-04 spacecraft, 383 seconds after its launch onboard the Soyuz-U carrier rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

“According to preliminary information, the contingency took place at an altitude of about 190 km over the remote and unpopulated mountainous area of the Republic of Tuva. Most of the fragments had burned in the dense atmosphere,” the Roscosmos said in a statement.

The spaceship, with 2.6 tons of goods and suppliers onboard, were planned to dock with the International Space Station (ISS). The Roscosmos said the loss of the freighter will not affect the normal operations of the ISS and the life of the station crew.

The Sputnik news website quoted an unnamed source saying that the search work is underway.

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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