According to Russian space officials, the Phobos-Grunt probe, originally to go to the Mars’ moon Phobos and launched on November 9, 2011, will instead come crashing down back to Earth sometime on Sunday, January 15, 2012.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceThe Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) was already working as Curiosity descended toward the Martian surface. Watch the stop-motion video of this historic descent onto Mars.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up so the Earth's shadow falls on the moon, darkening it.
The one on April 15 will begin at 1:20 a.m. on the East Coast, according to Sky and Telescope magazine.
This eclipse also features an extra astronomical quirk. Mars will appear "as a fiery red 'star' next to the moon.