Experts fear orbiter Nozomi will collide with, pollute Mars The Japan Times

Experts are growing anxious that Japan’s beleaguered space probe Nozomi may contaminate Mars if it happens to collide with the Red Planet, possibly on Dec. 14. They say there is a roughly 1 percent possibility that the Nozomi, Japan’s first orbiter of Mars, will impact the planet due to malfunctions with its electrical system and numerous other factors.