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Russia

Phobos-Grunt Prepares To Return Home

By Keith Cowing
January 9, 2012
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Underfunding doomed Russian Mars probe, lawyer says, USA Today
“Russia’s Phobos-Grunt (“grunt” is Russian for ground or soil) mission aimed for a first landing of a probe on the Martian moon Phobos. Launched Nov. 8, the spacecraft reached Earth orbit but failed to fire the rocket that would send it on an eight-month interplanetary trip to Mars. It’s likely to fall to Earth around Jan. 15, the Russian Defense Ministry concluded, the victim of a steadily dropping orbit. “Way too ambitious and way too underfunded to reach its goal,” space law attorney Michael Listner says.”
Russia’s Phobos-Grunt probe heads for fiery finale, USA Today
“… the 29,100-pound spacecraft, stuffed with 8.3 tons of hydrazine fuel, will likely come down around Jan. 15, the Russian Defense Ministry has concluded.”

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