Russian news agency RiaNovosti is reporting that the doomed Mars probe Phobos-Grunt completed its fiery re-entry on Sunday. Unconfirmed reports from Russia’s Defense Ministry say that fragments landed about 1,000 km west of the South American island of Wellington, safely in the Pacific Ocean (unless you’re a fish that happened to be right at that spot … then sorry).
Most predictions had it landing in water, which is not surprising considering that 3/4 of the planet is covered in the stuff. No word on the fate or contents of the Chinese probe attached to Phobos-Grunt.
Remove your crash helmets, return to your normal routines … we will see no fireballs tonight! :(
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