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Russia Mars probe 'crashes into Pacific Ocean': report

A failed Russian probe for Mars could crash back to Earth from orbit today on the territory of Argentina, a Russian space industry source told the Interfax news agency.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2012 00:23 IST

Russia believes fragments of its Phobos-Grunt probe which spiralled back to Earth after failing to head on a mission to Mars crashed today into the Pacific Ocean, a spokesman for its space forces said.

"According to information from mission control of the space forces, the fragments of Phobos Grunt should have fallen into the Pacific Ocean at 1745 GMT," space forces spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin told the Interfax news agency.

First Published: Jan 15, 2012 20:56 IST