Phobos-Grunt re-entry is projected to enters Earth atmosphere in early January 2012. Most of the spacecraft and leftover onboard fuel will burn up in the atmosphere, although some pieces may survive reentry, including the Planetary Society’s LIFE experiment. The return capsule is designed to survive the heat of reentry and make a survivable trajectory to the ground, and can withstand an impact force of 4,000 Gs. The engineers from Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have put together an animation which recaps what has happened with the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft so far, and what is expected to occur during the uncontrolled re-entry.
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