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Second Attempt May Be Made At Failed Phobos-Grunt Mission
2012-01-09 05:12:24

Despite the failure of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which could fall back to Earth early next week, Russian space officials say that they would like a second crack at sending a probe to the Mars moon, Dan Vergano of USA Today reported this weekend. "The Phobos-(Grunt) science team would like to repeat the mission using (the) experience that we got working on this mission," mission scientist Alexander Zakharov of the Space Research Institute in Moscow told Vergano via e-mail. However, the...

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2011-10-29 07:12:22

Big cats such as lions, tigers, leopards, and cheetahs could be facing extinction within the next two decades, leading conservation groups to call for increased efforts to save them, USA Today's Dan Vergano reported in a Friday articles. "The populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and especially tigers have been decimated in the past half-century," Vergano said, adding that leading scientists report that tigers "have become so rare that lions have become their soup-bone substitutes,...

ROSAT Satellite Could Plunge To Earth By Halloween
2011-10-18 04:00:22

Less than a month after one defunct satellite plummeted back to Earth, it appears as though a second is on its way, and the debris could reach our planet's surface by the end of the month, according to a Monday report by Dan Vergano of USA Today. Sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT on September 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT on September 24, the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to earth, splashing down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Now Vergano, channeling baseball great Yogi...