Mission Impossible: Failed Russian Mars probe will come crashing to earth next month
Published 16/12/2011 | 10:58
A FAILED Russian Mars probe will plunge to earth next month between January 9 and January 16, the country’s space agency confirmed.
And it will not be known where the fragments will fall until a few days before the plunge.
The unmanned Phobos-Ground probe was bound for a Mar’s moon but got stranded after its November 9 launch.
The agency said the probe’s toxic fuel will burn out on its re-entry but one of its gauges has a small amount of radioactive material which is not expected to cause contamination.
Several fragments with a weight of up to 440lbs will fall from the sky as part of the plunge.