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Mystery persists over Russian spacecraft fall site

Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 18:21

Moscow: Russian officials say they still have no firm information where a failed Mars moon probe plummeted to Earth, the day after it went down.
The unmanned Phobos-Ground probe fell yesterday after being stuck in Earth`s orbit for two months.

News agencies had cited Defence Ministry spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin as saying yesterday that fragments of the craft fell in the Pacific Ocean off Chile`s coast. But Zolotukhin told The Associated Press today that estimate was based on calculations, and no witness reports had been received.

The deputy head of Russia`s space agency, Anatoly Shilov, told state news channel Vesti that agency data assumed the craft broke up somewhere over Brazil. Agency spokespeople said today that they had no further information.


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 18:13
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