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December 02, 2011

Most Recent Mars Probe Failure

European nations have decided to give up on contacting the Russian Mars probe that was launched in November. The probe is currently orbitting the Earth and contact was lost fully about a week and a half ago. This is a huge shame given the extreme costs of a probe and instead of offering a larger insight on Mars it is not another piece of space junk that will continue to orbit the Earth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16010332

Posted by arevuo at December 2, 2011 01:18 PM

Comments

That's simple depressing. It seems like many space missions result in a catastrophic failure. This is unfortunate because it is failed missions like this that could lead to the decrease in funding for other missions.

Posted by: chazr at December 2, 2011 02:48 PM

because of global economic crisis and lack of scientific research, more and more missions are getting canceled or receiving insufficient funding which is sad

Posted by: sangsong at December 3, 2011 10:55 PM

This is really sad, because this mission cost so much time and money. Hope these costs will become benefits for the future.

Posted by: hanwen at December 3, 2011 11:31 PM

I agree with chazr that a hidden cost of this is that it might create a lack of confidence surrounding space missions. Leading to a lack of government support and funding. Also I wonder what's going to happen when the "13-tonne spacecraft will eventually fall back to Earth."

Posted by: sjbar at December 5, 2011 03:01 PM

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