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Russian media sources have reported that the Kremlin has agreed to fully finance numerous space research programs for one of the country’s top aerospace engineering companies through 2016.
Russian officials said on Monday that they still could not say for certain where the Phobos-Grunt space probe landed upon its return to Earth, despite reports over the weekend that it had landed in the Pacific Ocean.
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.
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.
After previously announcing that efforts to contact Russia’s stranded Phobos-Grunt Mars probe had been abandoned, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now saying that two more attempts will be tried in hopes of allowing a controlled reentry.
European Space Agency (ESA) efforts to contact the stranded Phobos-Grunt probe have been abandoned, the organization has announced.
Officials are likely to recommend that the launch of Russiaâ€™s leading planetary spacecraft, scheduled to take place in less than two months, be put off until 2011.