Was Russia’s Phobos-Grunt Probe Assassinated?

Posted by on January 12, 2012
Last Updated: July 16, 2017

The Phobos-Grunt Probe, as I’ve already mentioned, will be returning to Earth in a fiery hellstorm of shrapnel in a few days.

Don’t panic: It shouldn’t be anything to worry about. The Roscosmos space agency, otherwise known as the Russian Federal Space Agency, is predicting it will splashdown peacefully in the Indian Ocean.

But that’s not the end of this story.

Could the Phobos-Grunt Mars Probe have been…murdered?

Roscosmos Director Vladimir Popovkin, in an interview with the daily Russian newspaper Izvestia, has hinted that sabotage may have been at play.

Popovkin had initially blamed a failed navigations system, though similar speculation had occurred in November. Of course, his comments may have been nothing more than pot-stirring, but in this day and age, anything is possible.

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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.