1/16/2012 Russian satellite PHOBOS GRUNT crashes near south Chile (by EQ swarm)
video update here:
Look at the crash site for Phobos – Grunt (said to be about 700 miles west of the south tip of Chile) — the crash happened within hours of the LARGE earthquake swarm which ALSO OCCURRED near the south tip of Chile .
Screenshot from Earthquake 3D — and the approximate location of the satellite crash marked with a target…
Russian Mars probe crashes into Pacific
Russian Federal Space Agency specialists work on the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft in October.
- Phobos-Grunt was supposed to land on one of the moons of Mars
- It launched on November 9 but never escaped Earth orbit
Moscow (CNN) — The failed Russian space probe Phobos-Grunt fell back to Earth on Sunday, crashing in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off Chile, Russia’s state news agency Itar-Tass announced.
The spacecraft crashed about 1,250 km (775 miles) west of Chile’s Wellington Island, according to a Russian military spokesman quoted by Itar-Tass.
The nearly 15-ton probe was supposed to have landed on one of the moons of Mars and send back soil and rock samples. But its engines failed to boost it out of Earth orbit after its November 9 launch, and Russian officials estimated that fragments weighing up to 440 pounds could have survived re-entry.