Phobos-Grunt Mars probe could crash near Falkland Islands, Russian space agency says
Confusion about where a failed Russian Mars probe might crash back to Earth grew Friday when the Roscosmos space agency changed its prediction thousands of kilometres from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Roscosmos said the 13.5-tonne Phobos-Grunt probe would probably begin its final — and fatal — descent on Sunday evening Moscow time rather than in the afternoon, as it had originally said.
This meant that “Phobos-Grunt will enter the atmosphere over Argentina and have its fragments splash down in the Atlantic Ocean,” an unnamed space official told the Interfax news agency.
The latest estimate on a Roscosmos graphic showed the $165-million craft splashing down at 8:22 pm local time about 1,600 kilometres due south of Buenos Aires — a spot within geographic proximity of the Falkland Islands.