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Russia Blaming U.S. Radar For Phobos-Grunt Failure
2012-01-17 12:35:59

Russia said on Tuesday that radiation from U.S. radar is most likely to blame for causing the Phobos-Grunt probe to fail its mission to Mars. The RIA-Novosti news agency said that Yury Koptev, head of the scientific committee of state technology company Russian Technology, confirmed the theory. "To test (the theory), an equipment block similar to the one on Phobos-Grunt will be exposed to radiation from the possible unintentional exposure to American radars," Koptev, a former head of...

Phobos-Grunt Expected To Return To Earth This Weekend
2012-01-14 04:38:45

The Russian probe that has been stranded in Earth's orbit since its November launch is expected to return to Earth within the next few days, according to various media reports Friday. Brian Vastag of the Washington Post said that the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was to travel to Mars to study one of that planet's two moons, "will plunge to its doom this weekend, likely on Sunday." Ned Potter of ABC News wrote that the probe would "most likely" fall back to Earth on Sunday or Monday....

Russia Hints US May Be Behind Recent Satellite Failures
2012-01-11 05:25:46

A series of Russian satellite failures over the past year may be due to sabotage by foreign nations, Russia´s space chief said on Tuesday in remarks that seemed to be directed at the United States. "I wouldn't like to accuse anyone, but today there exists powerful means to influence spacecraft, and their use can't be excluded," said Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin in an interview with Izvestia daily. Popovkin said it was not clear why several launches went amiss at precisely the...

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...

Mars Moon Probe To Return To Earth Next Week
2012-01-02 04:48:21

The Russian probe that was to explore Mars' moon Phobos before becoming stranded in orbit is expected to fall back to Earth sometime next week, various media outlets are reporting. Early last week, European Space Agency (ESA) space debris chief Heiner Klinkrad told Space.com columnist Leonard David that current re-entry forecasts predict that the Phobos-Grunt satellite, which was launched on November 9, could plummet through Earth's atmosphere on January 14 or 15, plus or minus five day....

Russian Probe To Crash Back To Earth Next Month
2011-12-20 05:35:54

Russia´s space agency said on Friday that its Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was originally bound for a moon of Mars but has been stranded in orbit since November, will instead fall back to Earth next month. Most of the toxic fuel and radioactive material onboard the unmanned spacecraft are expected to burn up on re-entry, but 20-30 fragments of the probe will survive to the surface, the space agency (Roscosmos) warned. Current estimates for the timing of the fall are between...

Russia Makes Contact With Phobos-Grunt Probe
2011-11-25 06:23:05

Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Thursday that they had successfully made contact with the stranded Phobos-Grunt probe, one day after the European Space Agency (ESA) reported having received a signal from the craft. According to AFP reports, the Interfax news agency quoted Roscosmos spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov as stating that the agency had received "a signal" and "some telemetry data" from the probe on Thursday afternoon, and that "specialists" at the...

Deadline Passes, Still No Communication with Russian Mars Probe
2011-11-12 11:33:05

After another failed attempt to make contact with the Phobos-Grunt probe, reports have surfaced that the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) will abandon the $160 million satellite to its fate, meaning that the spacecraft and the 12 tons of toxic fuel it carries could soon come plummeting back to Earth. Early Saturday morning, an unidentified source told RIA Novosti, "Attempts to make contact were made overnight and this morning by Russian specialists from the European Space Agency. This was...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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