Thursday, January 05, 2012

Doomed Mars Probe Photographed

Source - Space Weather News for Jan. 5, 2012:

MARS PROBE PHOTOGRAPHED: Phobos-Grunt, a Russian Mars probe stuck in Earth orbit since November, is sinking back into the atmosphere. Best estimates suggest re-entry will occur on Jan. 15th or 16th. Meanwhile, citizen scientists can see the probe moving through the night sky sometimes shining as brightly as a first-magnitude star. French astrophotographer Thierry Legault recently photographed Phobos-Grunt through a 14-inch telescope, revealing its outlines and perhaps a clue as to why the probe has had difficulty communicating with Earth. His images and video are highlighted on today's edition of .

Local flyby times for Phobos-Grunt may be found using SpaceWeather's online satellite tracker ( or on your smartphone:

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