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    Components of a Russian cargo spacecraft that survived its reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere have plunged into the Pacific Ocean, the country’s mission control center said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The unmanned craft undocked from the International Space Station late on Thursday after a five-month stay and put the brakes on to drop out of orbit. Most of it burned up in the atmosphere.

    "The Progress MS 05 finished its mission on July 21. It is estimated to have reentered dense atmosphere where the structure has fallen apart, while fireproof fragments have dropped in a designated area in the Pacific," a spokesperson for the center with the Russian space agency Roscosmos told Sputnik.

    The Progress arrived at the space station on February 24. It departed carrying trash and other items no longer needed by the Expedition 52 crew. The next Russian Progress resupply ship is scheduled for launch in mid-October.

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