Bits of Russia space probe set to fall

2012-01-04 22:01

Moscow - Russian officials say fragments of a failed space probe are now expected to fall to Earth on January 15.

The unmanned Phobos-Ground probe was launched November 9 on what was supposed to have been a 2 1/2-year mission to the Mars moon of Phobus to take soil samples and fly them back to Earth.

But it became stuck in Earth's orbit and attempts to send commands that could propel it toward the Mars moon were unsuccessful.

As the probe's orbit slowly deteriorated, space officials predicted it would come crashing down by late February.

A precise date was given on Wednesday by a spokesperson for the air and space defence troops, who said any fragments that do not burn up in the atmosphere are expected to fall to Earth on January 15.

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