Phobos-Grunt Has Returned To Earth

Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars probe falls in Pacific Ocean, RIA Novosti

"Phobos-Grunt fragments have crashed down in the Pacific Ocean," Russia's Defense Ministry official Alexei Zolotukhin told RIA Novosti, adding that the fragments fell in 1,250 kilometers to the west of the island of Wellington. The spacecraft fell at about 21:45 on Sunday Moscow time [17:45 GMT]."

ESA Coordinates International Satellite Reentry Campaign for Phobos-Grunt

"An international campaign to assess the imminent atmospheric reentry of Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars craft is being coordinated by experts in ESA's Space Debris Office. Participants include NASA and Roscosmos as part of the 12-member Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee"

The US didn't shoot Phobos-Grunt down (but could have), New Scientist

"Sometime this weekend, Phobos-Grunt will crash into the Indian Ocean. The Russian space probe was supposed to return a sample from Mars's moon Phobos (hence the name - grunt means "ground" in Russian). But after its launch on 9 November, the upper stages failed, and it remained stuck in low Earth orbit - so low that atmospheric drag will destroy it."

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