Space­craft set to plum­met to Earth

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A RUS­SIAN space­craft bound for a Mars moon and stuck in Earth’s or­bit will come crash­ing back next month. But its toxic fuel and ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial on board will pose no dan­ger of con­tam­i­na­tion, the Rus­sian space agency has said. Be­tween 20 and 30 frag­ments of the probe with a to­tal weight of up to 200 ki­los (440lbs) will sur­vive the fiery plunge and shower the Earth’s sur­face. The un­manned Pho­bos-ground space­craft will plum­met to Earth be­tween Jan­uary 6 and 19.

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