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Another Spacecraft Is Headed For The Spacecraft Cemetery in the Pacific

Goodbye, Progress.

The Progress MS-01 on its approach. (Photo: NASA/Public Domain)

It’s the end of Progress. Or, at least, the Progress MS-01 resupply module which recently left the International Space Station.

The disposable cargo spacecraft departed the ISS on Saturday, headed for the Spacecraft Cemetery in the South Pacific, according to the government-controlled Sputnik News.

The MS-01 module originally docked with the ISS back in December of 2015, an upgraded version of previous Progress spacecraft. The Progress series of ships were designed by the Russian space agency Roscosmos as unmanned supply craft to deliver items to other ships in orbit, and the MS-01 was the first to have a number of features, including more advanced docking software, an upgraded manual control system, and digital video cameras that allowed for better views for ground control and the destination craft.

But on Saturday, the MS-01 was jettisoned towards Earth for its End of Mission events. Most of the module will simply burn up upon reentry, but what survives will crash down in the middle of the Southern Pacific Ocean in a spot known as the Spacecraft Cemetery. There, the debris will sink to the bottom to its final resting place, at home with dozens of other spacecraft, which have been sent there for years.