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Russian officials announced that its Phobos-Grunt probe fell out of Earth orbit, and crashed into the southern Pacific Ocean.

It was just announced on Sunday, January 15, 2012 (in the United States) that the Russian probe Phobos-Grunt landed in the Pacific Ocean about 1,250 kilometers (775 miles) west of Wellington Island (New Zealand) in the South Pacific Ocean - somewhere between New Zealand and South America.

And, its entry time into the Pacific Ocean was about 12:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), or 1745 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

For more on this story, please read the 1/15/2012 MSNBC article 'Derelict Russian space probe crashes to Earth.'

In addition, the Russians have indicated recently that some of its failed space missions, including the Phobos-Grunt, were the fault of others.

However, according to the 1/15/2012 ABC News article 'Phobos-Grunt: Failed Russian Mars Probe Falls to Earth', the problem with the Russian Phobos-Grunt was, 'More likely, said space analysts, it was the Russians' own fault.'

The ABC News article quoted Charles Vick, who is said to be knowledgeable with the Russian space program. Vick commented on the Russian effort with regards to the Phobos-Grunt probe, "Certainly, the quality control was lacking, and testing the spacecraft ... was never done due to lack of funds."



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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University