10th November 2011, 22:22
Failed Russian Phobos Probe Causes Alarm
Could become the most dangerous manmade object ever to hit the planet.
The latest Russian space probe, launched on Wednesday 11/09 and destined for Phobos to gather ground samples from the Martian moon, is now stuck in Earth's orbit.
The 14.6 ton spacecraft is carrying tons of highly toxic fuel (nitrogen teroxide and hydrazine) and if it cannot be returned to life it could become the most dangerous manmade object ever to hit the planet.
NASA has offered technical assistance to Russia. The Chief Debris Scientist at NASA says the spacecraft's orbit is already beginning to degrade.
Full story: Russian Space Probe Stuck In Orbit Causes Alarm
10th November 2011, 22:27