The Russian space probe, that was designed to make its way to the moon Phobos of Mars, has crashed in the Pacific Ocean, showering fragments west of Chile’s coastline. Pieces of the space probe, Phobos-Ground, had gotten stuck in the Earth’s orbit. It landed Sunday about seven hundred seventy-five miles past Wellington Island. Where it landed is where Russia guides its space cargo ships that have been discarded, which serve the International Space Station.
This space probe cost one hundred seventy million dollars and was just one of the most toxic and heaviest pieces of junk from space that has ever crashed to earth. The risks that were posed by the space probe crash were minimal. The reason is because most of the craft’s structure and rocket fuel would, high above the ground, burn up in the atmosphere according to experts.
It was built to travel to one of Mar’s twin moons, land on it and collect some soil samples. Then it was to fly back in 2014 to Earth. This was to be one of the most daunting interplanetary missions every performed but it became stranded in Earth’s orbit instead after it was launched on November 9, 2010. Attempts to bring the probe back to life by the European and Russian Space Agency experts failed.
The Russian space agency figured that only twenty to thirty fragments of the space probe Phobos-Ground would survive the re-entry and fall to earth. These fragments would only have a total weight up to four hundred forty pounds. All of the rocket fuel would burn up upon re-entry.