Moscow: Wading away fears of the fragments of a failed Russian space probe falling into any populated areas, the country’s space agency has predicted that it could crash into the Indian Ocean.
Roscosmos said on Thursday that the Phobos-Ground's debris could fall between Saturday and Monday anywhere along a broad swath between 51.4 degrees north to 51.4 degrees south.
That includes the bulk of the land surface, but spares most of Russia's territory along with Scandinavia and a large part of Canada.
The agency said the mid-point in the three day window at 1448 IST Sunday when fragments could come crashing down correspond to a place in the Indian Ocean, about 1,700 kilometres west of Jakarta.
Roscomos said, however, that the forecast will be clarified as the probe's orbit draws closer to Earth.