Russia: Failed probe to fall to Earth in days
The nearly 15-ton probe is projected to be over the Indian Ocean on Sunday afternoon.
January 11th, 2012
07:02 PM ET

Russia: Failed probe to fall to Earth in days

A Russian probe that was supposed to reach one of Mars' moons but failed to escape Earth orbit is expected to fall to Earth between Saturday and Monday, Russia's space agency said.

It's too early to say where pieces of the unmanned Phobos-Grunt probe could fall. But on Sunday afternoon - the middle of the re-entry window - the nearly 15-ton probe is projected to be over the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles southwest of Indonesia, the Roscosmos space agency said Wednesday.

Twenty to 30 fragments, weighing a total of up to 440 pounds, could survive the heat of re-entry, but the 7.5 tons of toxic fuel it is carrying is expected to burn up, Roscosmos said, according to the state-run Ria Novosti news agency.

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  1. yuri gagarin vs neil armstrong

    Russians! they don't know how to produce a car better than the Lada and the Moskvitch, and they really think that are prepared for space trip!!

    January 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |

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