I don't know whether it's become a new status symbol of proving your nations capability ( or lack of) in space or it's just worrying proof that todays rocket scientists are well no longer rocket scientists but another satelite could soon be falling out of orbit.
Well technically it's a actually a interplantary russian probe that was supposed to go to Mars, but somewhat embrassingly for the russians it's not made it out of Earth orbit and is now doing a rather good impression of a rock.
Unfortunatly just like the old saying what goes up must eventually come down and if they can't get the probe under control that's exactly what it's going to do, with 11 tons of highly toxic fuel on board.
Try explaining that one to your insurance company.
April 2017 – Q&A
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