Phobos-Grunt, a Russian spacecraft, which was designed to boost the nation’s pride on a bold mission to two moons of Mars, fell in water 775 miles west of Wellington Island off the southern coast of Chile after crashing.
Phobos got stuck in earth’s orbit after its lunch last year. Despite all the efforts by Russian and European Space Agency the probe crashed and fell into Pacific. And luckily, the risks posed by its crash were minimal because the toxic rocket fuel on board and most of the craft’s structure burned up in the atmosphere high above the earth.
This $170 million probe, being most expensive ever in the history of Russia, was responsible to collect soil samples from Mars’ moon and fly them back to the earth in 2014. But it proved failed due to poor structure.
The officials say that this event needs more investigation.