The Curiosity rover, which is designed to explore Mars, has found an ancient oasis on Mars. Researchers working with the Curiosity rover have found salt-enriched…
Russia’s Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, currently stuck in orbit, will be falling back on Earth’s atmosphere. According to space junk expert Heiner Klinkrad current re-entry forecasts have the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft falling January 14 or 15, plus or minus five days. Klinkrad, head of the space debris office at the European Space Agency’s space operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, said Russian scientists are hard at work assessing the re-entry survivability of Phobos-Grunt, a spacecraft that tips the scale at nearly 14 tons. They assume that about 20 to 30 fragments will reach ground with an overall mass of less than 200 kilograms, some 400 pounds of leftover hardware.
Phobos-Grunt launched into space November 8, but failed to transfer to an interplanetary trajectory. Its mission was to land on Phobos, one of two moons circling the Red Planet, snare samples and rocket them back to Earth in 2014. Attached to Phobos-Grunt is China’s Mars orbiter, Yinghou 1, which is now also destined for a destructive re-entry next month.
Jupiter Moon Europa Ocean May Be Too Acidic for Life
Solar Storm Blasted Earth With Powerful Dose of Energy
Ultraviolet Image of Cygnus Loop Nebula
Moon Venus and Jupiter in Sunset Show
Venus will Dance Across Sun in June
Astronomers Recorded Monster Storm on Tiny Misfit Star
OSCaR Spacecraft Would Clean Up Space Junk
Amateur Astronomers Discovered Near Earth Asteroid 2011 SF108