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November 30, 2011

Phobos-Grunt reports back

Phobos-Grunt is a sample-return mission to one of the moons of Mars, orchestrated by the Russian space agency. Shortly after leaving Earth’s orbit on November 8th, however, the shuttle failed to fire its boosters to set it on course. This left Phobos-Grunt adrift in orbit. The RFSA was able to make contact for the first time with the shuttle last week, although no data was able to be transmitted. If communication with the shuttle cannot be reestablished, it will likely drift in orbit before having an uncontrolled reentry sometime in January.

Lost Mars Probe Briefly Phones Home, But the Window to Save the Phobos-Grunt Mission is Closing
by Clay Dillow
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-11/esa-establishes-brief-contact-phobos-grunt-window-save-mission-closing

Posted by mdolloff at November 30, 2011 09:49 PM

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