MOSCOW: Doomed Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars probe spacecraft, which had been stuck in Earth orbit for two months, crashed down in the Pacific Ocean late Sunday.
Phobos Grunt probe, the Russians sent Mars, which suffered a malfunction and could not be controlled, fell into orbit Sunday and disintegrated over the Pacific Ocean.
The Russian Space Agency said that the Australian tracking station in Perth on Wednesday night still caught a fairly clear signal from the spacecraft Phobos-soil. The station is owned by the European Space Agency (ESA), and scientists have begun to decode the received signal.
Russian interplanetary station, stuck in Earth orbit, will fall to Earth as early as next month. As reported on Friday the Russian Space Agency, toxic fuel and radioactive material on board do not pose a threat of infection.
Federal Space Agency, warned that about 20-30 pieces weighing 200 kilograms will survive the heat from entry into the atmosphere and unto the earth’s surface fiery shower.
Russian space spacecraft, Phobos-Grunt, who failed to take a trip to Phobos, one of the planet’s natural satellite of Mars, is expected to fall in the territory of Afghanistan, 14 January 2012. This was stated by the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Monday (26/12/2011).
The potential collapse of space junk, either as a failed satellite orbit and that have been disabled, is still high. Early 2012, Russia’s satellite carcasses, Phobos-Grunt, will hit Earth.
Satellite Phobos-Grunt will hit Earth in early 2012, around January 12, 2012 approximately 5.5 days. The fall of Phobos-Grunt is not the first. Earlier there was Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) belonging to NASA and the Roentgen Satellite (Rosat).