Topic: Phobos-Grunt spacecraft
MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti)
- Phobos Crash Test Dismisses U.S. Link
- The Phobos Crash Was Preprogrammed
- Russia May Run Repeat Mission to Phobos
- Space Radiation Blamed for Phobos-Grunt Crash
- Russia to Test if U.S. Radar Downed Phobos Probe
Russia’s space agency Roscosmos on Tuesday backed an initiative to give the Phobos-Grunt project a second chance.
Phobos-Grunt probe, launched on November 9, was designed to bring back rock and soil samples from the Martian moon Phobos. However, it was stuck in a so-called support orbit after its engines failed to put it on course for the Red Planet. The doomed probe crashed down in the Pacific Ocean on January 15 after two months in orbit.
“We’ve backed it [a proposal from the institute of space studies on the Phobos-2 project]. We agree with their position. This will be reflected in the strategy [for space development until 2030],” Roscosmos Chief Vladimir Popovkin said.
The new project will not be a simple repeat of Phobos-Grunt 1, Popovkin said.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
Ukraine has not preserved its 1991 borders. The signing of the Geneva memorandum on April 17 reaffirmed the willingness of Russia, the United States and EU countries to reach a compromise. While the sides continue to trade tough talk and symbolic sanctions, the Kremlin and the White House are also holding a parallel dialogue on the coordinated geopolitical revision of Eastern Europe.