Moscow: Russia's space agency predicts that the fragments of a failed Russian space probe's could fall into the Indian Ocean, far away from any populated areas.
Roscosmos said today that the Phobos-Ground's debris could fall between Saturday and Monday anywhere along a broad swath between 51.4 degrees north to 51.4 degrees south.
That includes the bulk of the land surface, but spares most of Russia's territory along with Scandinavia and a large part of Canada.
The agency said the mid-point in the three day window at 1448 IST Sunday when fragments could come crashing down correspond to a place in the Indian Ocean, about 1,700 kilometres west of Jakarta.
Roscomos said, however, that the forecast will be clarified as the probe's orbit draws closer to Earth.
First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 08:59