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Russian rocket breaks up in Earth orbit: Space agency

Roscosmos noted that the launch vehicle fragmented in a region of Earth’s orbit that’s over the Indian Ocean.

Russian space agency Roscosmos on Sunday confirmed that one of its rockets used in past launches and floating in space has broken down, leaving debris in orbit. The agency noted that it is currently tracking fragments from the spacecraft.

The spacecraft, known as Fregat-SB, was used by Russia for the launch of a radio telescope in 2011. Since then, it has been orbiting Earth as a massive piece of space debris.

According to the agency, the incident occurred on May 8. It is not yet clear if the fragments are expected to fall back to Earth.

However, the cause of the incident is not clear yet as the agency did not detect clear signs of a collision that could have caused it to fragment.