Phobos-Grunt would fall in Southwestern Afghanistan [Update]

Phobos-Grunt Probe
Phobos-Grunt Probe

According to U.S. Strategic command on Monday, Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft will crash in southwestern Afghanistan on January 14, 2012.

Russia’s Phobos-Grunt was launched in November 9 for the Mars’ moon “Phobos”. It was one of the most important missions in many years but failed because of propulsion failure.

The U.S. Strategic Command reported that the spacecraft would come into the atmosphere at 2.22 a.m. Moscow time (22.27 GMT) and fall anywhere between 30.7 Degrees North and 62.3 Degrees East in southwestern Afghanistan near the city of Mirabad.

According to Ria Novosti,

The Russian Federal Space agency Roscosmos said earlier that the troubled spacecraft would fall between January 6-19 at a location between 51.4 Degrees North and 51.4 Degrees South. The area includes the U.S., China, Africa, Australia, Japan, the Middle East, which includes Afghanistan, the south of western Europe, Ukraine and a small part of Russia.

Roscosmos, however, said the exact time and place could only be forecast a few days ahead.

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