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Offline thaiga

It is expected to hit Earth January 6 and 19
« on: December 18, 2011, 05:01:01 PM »
The 13.2 tonne Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was launched in November bound for Mars but engine problems saw it becoming stranded in the Earth's orbit. Despite repeated attempts to restart the spacecraft, engineers were unable to make contact.

Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, said it would be impossible to calculate exactly where it would land until just a few days before its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere but warned up to 30 pieces could survive re-entry to hit the earth.

It is expected to hit Earth any time between January 6 and 19, and is known to contain 11 tonnes of toxic rocket fuel and 10kg of radioactive cobalt-57.

Some experts have warned that if the on-board fuel, nitrogen tetroxide and hydrazine, has frozen while in orbit some of it could still survive the re-entry process.

Roscosmos insists there will be little threat to people on the ground, with most of the dangerous material still likely to be incinerated during re-entry
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