A test launch of a heavy-class carrier rocket Angara-A5 at Plesetsk launch facility in the Arkhangelsk region of northwestern Russia.Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/ASSOCIATED PRESS

A failed Russian rocket stage hurtled down to Earth over the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday.

It was part of Russia’s Angara-A5 rocket, which launched in December, TAS reported.

The rocket stage was due to be in orbit for thousands of years, astronomer Jonathan McDowell told CNN.

A Russian rocket part came crashing down to Earth on Wednesday and uncontrollably re-entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

The upper rocket stage, known as the Persei booster, was launched for the first time on the Angara-A5 rocket from the Plesetsk spaceport in northwestern Russia on December 27, per the state-run news agency TAS.

The 18th Space Control Station confirmed that the upper stage of the rocket reentered the Earth’s atmosphere at 4:08 pm ET over the Pacific Ocean.

The European Space Agency told Insider

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