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`Russia Mars probe crashes into Pacific Ocean`

Russia believes fragments of its Phobos-Grunt probe which spiralled back to Earth after failing to head on a mission to Mars crashed today into the Pacific Ocean.

Updated: Jan 16, 2012, 00:12 AM IST

Moscow: Russia believes fragments of its Phobos-Grunt probe which spiralled back to Earth after failing to head on a mission to Mars crashed today into the Pacific Ocean, a spokesman for its space forces said.

"According to information from mission control of the space forces, the fragments of Phobos Grunt should have fallen into the Pacific Ocean at 1745 GMT," space forces spokesman

Alexei Zolotukhin told the Interfax news agency.

PTI