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According to Ria Novosti news agency after languishing in Earth orbit for more than two months, the 14.5-ton Phobos-Grunt spacecraft fell at around 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 GMT) on January 15, apparently slamming into the atmosphere over a stretch of the southern Pacific off the coast of Chile. As reported Ria Novosti Alexei Zolotukhin, an official with Russia’s Defense Ministry say that spacecraft crashed about 776 miles (1,250 kilometers) west of the island of Wellington. Before the crash, Russia’s Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, released a map that estimated a potential crash zone in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean sometime between 12:50 p.m. and 1:34 p.m. EST (1750-1834 GMT) on Sunday.View More Russian Mars Probe Crashes Into Pacific Ocean
A huge hunk of Russian space junk is set to crash to Earth in the next few days, but nobody knows exactly when or where it’s going to come down. According to the latest estimate of Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency the 14.5-ton Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, which got stuck in Earth orbit shortly after its November 8 launch, may re-enter the atmosphere at 11:22 a.m. EST (1622 GMT) on Sunday. If that projection is accurate, pieces of the failed spacecraft will splash into the Atlantic Ocean about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) south of Buenos Aires. According to Roscosmos the predicted time and place of re-entry could change in the future.View More Where Will Fall Russian Mars Probe?
The agency’s chief suggested that Russia’s Mars probe Phobos-Grunt failures may be result of foul play, as well as a string of other embarrassing setbacks that plagued the country’s space agency last year.View More Cause of Russian Space Failures
Satellite sleuth Thierry Legault captured the impressive video of the Phobos-Grunt Mars probe January 1 from the Calern Plateau observatory above Nice in the French Riviera.View More Skywatcher Captured Video of Doomed Russian Mars Probe
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.View More Phobos Grunt Spacecraft to Hit Earth in January
It is reported that Phobos-Grunt station is not answering to the signals from the cosmic stations in different countries.View More Phobos – Grunt Station is Randomly Turning