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davidpm 01-16-2012 04:29 PM

Would really stink if your boat got hit by a spacecraft
 
Failed Russian Mars Probe Crashes Into Pacific Ocean | Digg Topnews

Experts predict that Russia's failed Mars probe Phobos-Grunt will crash back to Earth in mid-January 2012. This artist's concept shows fuel burning from a ruptured fuel tank as the spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere.
CREDIT: Michael Carroll

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A failed Russian Mars probe came crashing back to Earth Sunday (Jan. 15) in a death plunge over the Pacific Ocean, according to Russian news reports.

After languishing in Earth orbit for more than two months, the 14.5-ton

Phobos-Grunt spacecraft fell at around 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 GMT) Sunday, apparently slamming into the atmosphere over a stretch of the southern Pacific off the coast of Chile, Russian officials told the Ria Novosti news agency.

"Phobos-Grunt fragments have crashed down in the Pacific Ocean," Alexei Zolotukhin, an official with Russia's Defense Ministry, was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying. Zolotukhin said that the spacecraft crashed about 776 miles (1,250 kilometers) west of the island of Wellington, the news agency reported.

Before the crash, Russia's Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, released a map that estimated a potential crash zone in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean sometime between 12:50 p.m. and 1:34 p.m. EST (1750-1834 GMT) on Sunday.

Lake Superior Sailor 01-16-2012 05:12 PM

Do we have insurance for that?-Dale

AdamLein 01-16-2012 05:14 PM

Definitely can't call it an act of God.

smackdaddy 01-16-2012 05:53 PM

Yeah - but what a freakin' obituary!!

Frogwatch 01-16-2012 06:31 PM

I knew somebody who was dismasted by an air force drone in Gulf of Mexico.

leogallant 01-16-2012 07:25 PM

Must be why Farmers Insurance ran an ad stating, "Random Space debris falling from the sky? Yah, we cover that". Pretty funny

nodders 01-16-2012 08:20 PM

how about getting hit by a cow?
 
It happened off the coast of japan in 1977 :confused:

RulesMaster - Cow falls from sky, sinks boat

davidpm 01-16-2012 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nodders (Post 817509)
It happened off the coast of japan in 1977 :confused:

RulesMaster - Cow falls from sky, sinks boat

Absolutely amazing.

paulk 01-18-2012 11:39 PM

I was going to suggest the cow episode too. Good one!

Andyman 01-19-2012 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nodders (Post 817509)
It happened off the coast of japan in 1977 :confused:

RulesMaster - Cow falls from sky, sinks boat

Whoa! you can't make up something like that!


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