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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency said on Thursday that they had successfully made contact with the stranded Phobos-Grunt probe, one day after the European Space Agency reported having received a signal from the craft.
After another failed attempt to make contact with the Phobos-Grunt probe, reports have surfaced that the Roscosmos will abandon the $160 million satellite to its fate.
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