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Russian Mars probe demise imminent

15 Jan 2012, 16:38 UTC
Russian Mars probe demise imminent
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A satellite observer in Tulsa, Oklahoma saw the Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt fly over last night, so it’s still up there. Not for long though. Here are estimates from several agencies and individuals on when the craft is expected to … Continue reading →

This map shows the expected reentry location as predicted by the Russian Federated Space Agency in the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile. The red dots represent amateur satellite watchers. Credit: Screen grab from Simone Corbellini's Visual SAT-flare Tracker 3-D
A satellite observer in Tulsa, Oklahoma saw the Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt fly over last night, so it’s still up there. Not for long though. Here are estimates from several agencies and individuals on when the craft is expected to break up and burn as it reenters Earth’s atmosphere today. All times are CST and were updated at 10:30 a.m. January 15:
* Ted Molzcan (noted amateur satellite watcher) — 10:37 a.m. plus or minus 1.45 hours
* Russian Aerospace Defense Forces – 11:51 a.m.
* Harold Zimmer (another amateur satellite watcher): 12:02 p.m. +/- 40 minutes
* Russian Federated Space Agency ROSCOSMOS — 12:21 p.m. +/- 51 minutes
* The Aerospace Corporation — ...

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