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Martian Debris May Also Be Found On Phobos
2013-11-12 04:17:26

[ Watch the Video: Phobos Mission Could Return With Bonus Martian Material ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Call it the geological equivalent of a buy-one, get-one free special: a planned Russian mission to collect samples from the Martian moon Phobos could also net debris from the Red Planet itself, according to research appearing in the journal Space and Planetary Science. The study, which was authored by Brown University professor of geological sciences...

Russia Boosts Space Program Through 2016
2012-01-25 13:49:59

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. According to Viktor Khartov, chief of the Research and Production division of the state-owned aeronautics firm Lavochkin, the Russian government has authorized full funding for two planned Moon missions, one trip to Venus and a handful of new scientific research satellites that will be used for...

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...

Actual Location Of Crashed Russian Probe Still Unknown
2012-01-16 15:00:42

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. According to MSNBC reports Sunday, the satellite's re-entry was believed to have occurred at approximately 12:45 Eastern time, and the debris zone was believed to be 775 miles — or 1,250 kilometers — west of Wellington Island in the South Pacific. That...

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...

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...

ESA Attempting Again To Contact Russia’s Failed Mars Probe
2011-12-13 12:15:02

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. The attempts will be performed by ESA´s 15-meter antenna in Maspalomas, a station in the  Canary Islands´ Gran Canaria. “We will make two more attempts on Tuesday on a request from the Russian side,” Rene Pichel said....

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...