Tuesday 28 March 2017

Mission Impossible: Failed Russian Mars probe will come crashing to earth next month

Independent.ie reporters

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.

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