WKYT | Lexington, Kentucky | News

Bits of Russia space probe set to fall Jan. 15

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian officials say fragments of a failed space probe are now expected to fall to Earth on Jan. 15.

The unmanned Phobos-Ground probe was launched Nov. 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 Wednesday by a spokesman for the air and space defense troops, who said any fragments that do not burn up in the atmosphere are expected to fall to Earth on Jan. 15.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 136656733 - wkyt.com/a?a=136656733