A closer look at phobos-grunt, a russian space probe which malfunctioned and is predicted to fall back to earth. However, the craft is extremely toxic.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, a booster rocket containing Phobos-Grunt, a space probe aimed at one of Mars’ moons, was successfully launched into Earth’s orbit by Russia. On Wednesday, the probe was supposed to leave orbit and head towards Mars. However, the engines onboard the probe malfunctioned, causing the probe to become stuck in orbit.
The most likely outcome is that the probe will fall back down to Earth. However, unless engineers and controllers can steer the probe back onto the right path, the extremely toxic fuel contents of the probe has great potential to harm life on Earth. It will be the most dangerous man-made object to ever hit Earth
This failure (along with the other recent failures) raises the question of whether the Russian space industry is up to standards.