Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Russia still hopeful about Red Planet dream

Russia still hopeful about Red Planet dream:

"Russia's Space Agency has not given up hope of completing its mission to Mars.
Against the odds, it hopes to find its missing multi-billion ruble probe, which was meant to obtain soil-samples from the Red Planet's moon Phobos.

A rocket carrying the Phobos-Grunt was launched on November 9. The probe successfully separated from the rocket but its engines failed to ignite once it reached Earth’s orbit. The reasons for the failure remain unknown. Russian space experts are now battling to fix a technical failure.

“Currently we're looking for ways of improving the situation,” Valery Popovkin, head of Russia’s Space Agency, told RT. “There's still a chance, albeit a slim one. But while it remains, we will keep fighting.”"

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