Mars fever has gripped India. In a recent report from the Planetary Science and Exploration conference that was held in December 2011, scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are making preliminary plans for a robotic mission to the Red Planet sometime next year. [click to continue…]
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! :(
Mexican officials say nearly 13,000 people were killed in violence blamed on organised crime between January and September last year. There have been 47,515 drug-related killings since President Felipe Calderon launched his crackdown on drug traffickers in late 2006.
Japan probes radioactive apartment block The government is investigating how an apartment was built with radioactive concrete in the latest scare from the country’s ongoing nuclear crisis. The three-story condominium was constructed in July with concrete made from gravel taken from a quarry near the Fukushima plant in April, one month after it began spewing radiation into the air and sea.
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