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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Progress MS-09 Spacecraft Undocks from ISS, Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

Progress MS-09 undocks from the Pirs Docking Compartment. Credit: NASA

The Progress MS-09 cargo spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, was deorbited and splashed down in a non-navigable area of the Pacific Ocean, the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building TsNIIMash (the main research center of the Roscosmos corporation) informed TASS.

"Wreckage from the Progress MS-09 spacecraft that did not burn up in the atmosphere splashed down in a non-navigable area of the Pacific Ocean," the research center said.

The spacecraft undocked from the ISS at 15:55 Moscow time.

Progress MS-09 had been attached to the ISS since July 10 after being launched from Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, earlier that day. It was the first time a cargo spacecraft had made just two orbits around the Earth before docking, after staying in flight for just 220 minutes. On all previous occasions, the Progress cargo vehicles followed a two-day flight pattern (34 orbits around the Earth) or six-hour pattern (four orbits).

No date for the launch of the next cargo spacecraft, Progress MS-11, has been set yet. Roscosmos has not yet finalized a timetable for cargo and manned spaceflights to the ISS for this year.

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus commercial cargo vessel is next up, scheduled to depart the Unity module in early February. Astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques have been reviewing Cygnus departure procedures and carefully packing the spaceship throughout the week.

Credit: TASS

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