Out-of-control 4-ton Russian rocket stage reenters Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean

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Out-of-control 4-ton Russian rocket stage reenters Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean while traveling at 4.7 miles per second

The Angara A-5 heavy carrier rocket launched on December 27 and was set to reach an orbit 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface, but a failure in firing of the upper stage left it in low Earth orbit. 

At around 5:30pm ET, the 18th Space Control Squadron ‘confirmed the reentry of the IPM 3/PERSEY (#50505, 2021-133A) at 13:08 PDT [4:08pm ET] on 5 Jan, 2022, over the Pacific Ocean,’ the agency shared in a tweet.

The rocket stage traveled 4.7 miles per second as it reentered the atmosphere, Holger Krag, the head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office, said earlier Wednesday, as reported on by CNN.

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There is no indication of damages or injuries from the out-of-control rocket, which seems to have ended its journey in a favorable scenario.

The modern Angara A-5 rocket is crucial to Russia’s ambition to send advanced spy and weapons navigation satellites into orbit in the coming years.

The heavy-lift launch vehicle will also play a part in Russia’s ambitions to send robots and eventually people to land on the moon – in partnership with China.

The Angara and the Persei booster carried a mock satellite payload on this pioneering test flight, that was destined for a graveyard orbit.

While the launch itself was ‘flawlessly’, there was a failure with the Persei upper stage after its separation 12 minutes into the flight.

The Angara A-5 heavy carrier rocket launched on December 27 from Plesetsk spaceport carrying a dummy payload and was set to reach an orbit 22,000 miles above the Earth's surface, but a failure in firing of the upper stage left it in low Earth orbit

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