A Russian spacecraft designed to burnish the nation’s faded space glory in a mission to one of Mars’ moons
has turned into one of the heaviest, most toxic pieces of space junk ever.
It will come crashing down to Earth in just a few days.
[ oh, terrific ]
The Russian space agency Roscosmos’ latest forecast
has the unmanned Phobos-Ground probe falling out of Earth’s orbit Sunday or Monday,
with the median time placing it over the Indian Ocean just north of Madagascar.
[ … just north of Madagasca’s good … ]
It said the precise time and place of its uncontrolled plunge can only be determined later,
[ … oh ]
and unless someone actually spots fiery streaks in the sky,
no one may ever know where any surviving pieces end up.