Satellite debris crashes into house on Cosmonauts Street in Russia

Satellite debris crashes into house on Cosmonauts Street in Russia. 46240.jpegIn Russia's Novosibirsk region, specialists continue to search for debris of Meridian satellite, which could fly apart during the fall.  More fragments of the spacecraft were found on Saturday night.

One of the local residents of Vagaitsevo  village informed Interfax-Siberia agency that a fragment of the  satellite hit the roof of a house in the village. The hole, which appeared during the impact, was rather large: 1x1.5 meters. According to him, the owner of a house in Cosmonauts Street went out to pick some firewood in the yard when the fragment crashed into his home.

Local authorities are willing to allocate the funds for repairs of the house in the village.

"Currently, experts estimate the damage, after which we will determine the amount of assistance and provide financial support," the head of the Ordynsky district of the Novosibirsk region Pavel Ivarovsky said. 

According to him, the fallen fragment damaged the slate roof and the chimney in the house. "I was there and I talked  to the owner of the house. The  special piece of the satellite had not caused much damage," said Ivarovsky.

The Meridian communications satellite failed to reach orbit on Friday due to a failure with its Soyuz rocket, in the latest setback for a Russian space program which has now lost over half a dozen satellites in the past year.

Its fragments crashed into the Novosibirsk region of central Siberia and were found in the Ordynsk district around 100km south of the regional capital Novosibirsk.

"A sphere was found, around 50cm in diameter, which crashed into the roof of a house in the village of Vagaitsevo" in the Ordynsk district, an official in the local security services told the Interfax news agency.

Ironicly, the official said that the house was located on Cosmonauts Street, named after the heroic spacemen of the Soviet and Russian space program.

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