Monday, January 16, 2012

Phobos/Grunt Watch...Wanted: Wrap-Up

It's been almost 20 hours since the reported end of Russia's Mars probe, Phobos/Grunt.

No official confirmation has been forthcoming from Roscosmos, US StratCom, NASA, ESA...etc.

Reports say the spacecraft crashed into the South Pacific Ocean 700 miles west of Chile...or in Brazil...or in Australia?

Here's the round-up of what is out there from the usual sources:

Russian Space Web

Universe Today

Spaceflight 101

Space Safety Magazine

Sky and Telescope

Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies

As you can see, events are as murky as everything else since Phobos/Grunt failed to leave Earth orbit for the Red Planet.

Quaint reminder of the Cold War era of spaceflight? Or annoyance?

Stay tuned!