Russian Mars Probe Crashes Into Pacific Ocean

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.

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Where Will Fall Russian Mars Probe?

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.

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