Well, the expected destination (the Indian Ocean) was wrong, but the timing was just about right. The star-crossed journey of Phobos Grunt, the Russian probe designed to collect and return samples from the Martian moon Phobos, has finally ended in a fiery re-entry over the Pacific. It seems to have mostly burnt up in the process, so unless there’s a very unlucky ship underneath one of the larger pieces, nothing’s been harmed except for Russia’s pride.
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NASA ‘Smart SPHERES’ Tested on ISS: little spherical robots, with smartphones for brains, that are designed to move around in zero-G conditions and help out astronauts. So cool.
Yet another reason why many exo-planets aren’t going to be habitable: not even a strong magnetic field can save you from irradiation if your sun’s solar wind is strong enough.
How do you weigh something in zero-G, when they’re weightless? By using a Kinect, apparently.
/facepalm. Russia had another space-launch fail Friday, as a rocket with a satellite payload crashed after launch. Many articles on it, understandably.