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Russian Progress ferry was “buried” on Tuesday at “a cemetery” in the South Pacific
A Russian Progress ferry was “buried” on Tuesday at “a cemetery” in the South Pacific, Itar-Tass learnt at the Mission Control Center in the Moscow Region. “The fragments of the Progress M-56 tug with garbage from the International Space Station sank at 08.00 at a depth of four kilometers in a specially delimited area of the Pacific.” “There is no shipping in that area,” an expert emphasized. The Mission Control Center noted that Pavel Vinogradov and Jeffery Williams, working at the station, loaded manually the ferry with over a tonne of garbage and worked-out equipment. Large-size rufuse that cannot be squeezed into the tug’s hatch as well as American spacesuits with an outdated service life, are taken to the earth by American shuttles which resumed regular flights to the ISS. For instance the Atlantis shuttle undocked from the station last Sunday. “The adopted practice of destroying space garbage with the use of ferries does not inflict any damage on the earth’s ecology,” claimed the center. When entering the dense layers of the atmosphere, the greater part of refuse, loaded into tugs, burns up along with ferries. Only separate fragments reach the ocean’s surface. The manned Soyuz TMA-9 with the crew of the 14th main mission – Russian Mikhail Tyurin and American Michael Lopez-Alegria – is to dock the station on Wednesday morning in the place of the cargo spacecraft. They will work in orbit for six months. The third armchair at Soyuz is occupied by first space woman tourist Anousheh Ansari. She will carry out a series of scientific experiments in orbit and will return to the earth on September 29 along with Pavel Vinogradov and Jeffery Williams, working in orbit since last April.
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