Nightly News   |  January 12, 2012

Russian spacecraft may fall to Earth Sunday

At 14.5 tons, this piece of space junk is one of the heaviest ever to fall to Earth. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> looks like we have another piece of space junk to look out for. this will be the third in five months, by the way. this time it's different. it's a russian spacecraft and at 14 1/2 tons, it's one of the largest and heaviest ever to plum et uncontrollably to earth. it was just launched in november on a mission to mars. an electronic glitch left it in space. russians are assuring the world only about 20 or 30 of the heavier chunks are likely to survive reentry to earth's orbit. the latest forecast has this thing crash landing sunday or monday. perhaps over the indian ocean , potentially close to madagascar. if so, they'll have to move it, move it, but we all know a lot more information will be coming as the weekend approaches.