MOSCOW : Russia said an unmanned supply ship set for the International Space Station will fall back to Earth Friday and burn up in the atmosphere, after the spacecraft suffered a communications failure. The Progress supply ship is expected to ‘end its existence on May 8’ between 12:45 am and 06:36 am, Moscow time (21:45 GMT Thursday and 03:36 GMT Friday),’ the Russian space agency said in a statement released Thursday.

It said a more precise time and the area where the ship will hit the Earth’s atmosphere would be announced Thursday after 5pm Moscow time.