The failed Russian Mars probe came crashing back to Earth on Jan. 15, plunging into Pacific Ocean, according to Russian news reports.


After languishing in Earth orbit for more than two months, the 14.5-ton spacecraft fell at around 12:45 p.m. EST, 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 Mars probe infographic from
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