January 15th, 2012
02:20 PM ET

Russian Mars probe crashes into Pacific

The failed Russian space probe Phobos-Grunt fell back to Earth on Sunday, crashing in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off Chile, Russia's state news agency Itar-Tass announced.

The spacecraft crashed about 1,250 km (775 miles) west of Chile's Wellington Island, according to a Russian military spokesman quoted by Itar-Tass.

The nearly 15-ton probe was supposed to have landed on one of the moons of Mars and send back soil and rock samples. But its engines failed to boost it out of Earth orbit after its November 9 launch, and Russian officials estimated that fragments weighing up to 440 pounds could have survived re-entry.

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  1. Jagdish

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    April 9, 2012 at 1:53 am |

    very good point

    January 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  3. hamsta

    one day some 440 pound piece of space junk is going to make a crater out of someones house.what if a family is at home eating dinner or sleeping at the time?maybe nasa and all the space agencies on earth need to give that a little thought and come up with a safe way to guide falling space junk away from civilization.just hoping it wont happen isnt good enough cuz eventually it will happen.people die from falling bullets every new year.bullets only weigh a few grams and dont travel anywhere near the speed as junk falling from space does.

    January 17, 2012 at 2:22 am |


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