Fragments of Phobos-Grunt fell into the Pacific Ocean


16/01/2012

The wreckage of the Russian spacecraft "Phobos-Grunt", not so long ago, the failed, fell into the Pacific Ocean, according to RIA Novosti on Sunday, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin, who is the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to the troops ASD.

"According to the main center of all space exploration environment and Space Command troops EKO-point drop the remaining parts of the apparatus of the" Phobos-Grunt "was the waters of the Pacific" - announced Zolotukhin.

The colonel said that the remains of the device fell 21.45 MSK in the area, where they are usually unsuitable sinking space truck "Progress." Thus, according to the data transmitted by means of control, the remaining debris fell about 1,250 kilometers west of the island of Wellington.

As the colonel Zolotukhin, throughout the period during which the "Phobos-Grunt" continued to descend from orbit, facilities main intelligence center space situation and Space Command troops ASD exercised control at each stage of the change in any of the orbital parameters of the interplanetary station (AWS) .

Roscosmos has previously reported that the Center will drop point 22 hours 08 minutes, located in the center of the Atlantic. According to experts, "Roskosmos" at the time of 20 hours 15 minutes MSK January 15 interplanetary station is in Earth orbit, having the following parameters: maximum height or peak height is 133.2 kilometers, the minimum height or the height of perigee or equal to 113.8 km; inclination of 51.42 degrees, orbital period - 86.8 minutes.

Be recalled that the Russian automatic interplanetary station (AWS) "Phobos-Grunt" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome was launched on November 9 2011. Its mission was to be the production of a satellite of Mars, Phobos several soil samples and their subsequent delivery to Earth, but at the time of the orbiting spacecraft emergency situation occurred. According to the experts, the reason for this failure was the failure in the sustainer propulsion system, namely, the inability to install the station to move the machine on the flight path directly to Mars.

"Phobos-Grunt" was the first in 15 years Russia automatic interplanetary station type that was intended for production and delivery to Earth of various soil samples from the surface of Phobos, a moon of Mars.


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