Any fragments of the doomed Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt that don't burn up in the fiery explosion of its fuel tanks hitting the atmosphere are likely to fall to Earth on 15 January. Russian Air and Space Defence Troops' spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin gave Russian news agency Itar-Tass the date but added that it might still …
Does it have a nuke reactor on board?
I don't want a nuke reactor to land in my garden.
It might do strange things to the cat. Or worse.
You mean the cat might do strange things with it?
All hail our new cat overlord!
This is where the cats with thumbs are going to start.
Thumbs up, for obvious reasons.
Can I get my own insurance...
... in case Grunt decides to land on my house/car/pet/family member/significant other? I'm not sure I can trust government bureaucrats to handle my claim in a timely manner:
-- -- El' Wiki: Space Liability Convention (section "Claims between states only")
-- -- -- -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Liability_Convention#Claims_between_states_only
Yes, you can.
You can get insurance for anything you like. Anything - even things that have already happened.
But you might not like the premium...
 Legal cases often involve "after the fact" insurance, to insure against the legal costs that you already know you're going to be facing...
Indeed you can! Insured against anything...
Isn't this a regurgitation of the last Phobos -Grunt story?
"Zolotukhin said that information about orbit changes was being 'provided for all the parties concerned'."
What'd he say? Parties? Hot damn, sounds like a helluvan idea. A week and a half'll be just enough time to send the invites out, scrounge up the lawn chairs and get a few pony kegs.
It's ok it's not an act of dog, he said with his dyslexai...
7.5 metric tons of fuel... is it likely to be visible to the naked eye when (if) it goes off???
God I hope it it!
I would love to be standing outside watching it with my mate, time it to the last second point my finger to the sky an say BANG! as the fireball ensues and as it's burning away in the sky turn to him and say "Yea I am just that good" then walk off.
You have a mate?
When did this happen?
"20 to 30 pieces with a total weight of less than 200kg"
Ummm, that means that some of these "chunks" may still be, well, quite chunky!
Does the orbit inclination of 51.41 imply that any of us north of Reading (UK) have nothing to worry about?
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