MOSCOW, February 9 (RIA Novosti) – Fragments of Russia's Progress M-16M cargo spacecraft that did not burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere splashed down in a non-navigational area of the Pacific on Saturday, Mission Control said.
The Progress M-16M undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) at 5:12 p.m. Moscow Time (13:12 GMT) on Saturday.
Russia's Progress M-18M unmanned cargo spacecraft will be docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday night.
With a record of more than 130 launches since 1972, Progress-family freighters remain the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the space station’s orbit and conduct scientific experiments.
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