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Russia details mission to Phobos

By T.K. Randall
May 26, 2009 · Comment icon 8 comments



Image Credit: NASA
Russia has detailed plans for an ambitious unmanned mission to Phobos, one of the moons of Mars. The probe will attempt to land on Phobos, scoop up a sample and then send it back to Earth for scientists to analyze.
Mars has been nothing but bad luck for the Russians. They have launched 20 probes to the planet since 1960, and all either failed or suffered from severe technical problems. But soon—as early as this October—Russia will attempt to reverse its fortunes with one of the most ambitious unmanned space missions ever."


Source: Discover Magazine | Comments (8)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by thefinalfrontier 14 years ago
Russia has had plenty of bad luck going to Mars but has been very susessful going to Venus so I believe they will pull this mission off with little difficulty, It will be very interesting to be able to see this happen and what it finds there,, Good Luck to Russia on this mission,
Comment icon #2 Posted by captain pish 14 years ago
the russians have had bad luck with their spaceadventures because america own the world and space and if anyone tries to get themselves a piece of that pie america will see to it that they get their wrists slapped. its almost a dead cert that this adventure will end up with the same conclusion
Comment icon #3 Posted by ROGER 14 years ago
So are you saying it,s Americas fault Some Russian projects failed? Any reason why you think this way? Or is this just another "Bash the U.S.A. post"?
Comment icon #4 Posted by thefinalfrontier 14 years ago
the russians have had bad luck with their spaceadventures because america own the world and space and if anyone tries to get themselves a piece of that pie america will see to it that they get their wrists slapped. its almost a dead cert that this adventure will end up with the same conclusion What the hell is that supposed to mean?? Russia' missions failed due to technical problems just the same as Nasa has lost missions as well as the ESA, You need to do your homework man,
Comment icon #5 Posted by www375 14 years ago
the russians have had bad luck with their spaceadventures because america own the world and space and if anyone tries to get themselves a piece of that pie america will see to it that they get their wrists slapped. its almost a dead cert that this adventure will end up with the same conclusion Why don't you pay us a visit, and we can.......ummmmm.......DEBATE your little problem with America.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Siara 14 years ago
the russians have had bad luck with their spaceadventures because america own the world and space and if anyone tries to get themselves a piece of that pie america will see to it that they get their wrists slapped. its almost a dead cert that this adventure will end up with the same conclusion Um.... what? So what do you think happened-- America set up military stations on Mars and fired on the Russian crafts? FYI, no one else has had great luck with Mars either. Something like 50% of the projects work out.
Comment icon #7 Posted by fruitnut 13 years ago
!--quoteo(post=2906876:date=May 26 2009, 08:22 PM:name=captain pish)--div class='quotetop'QUOTE (captain pish @ May 26 2009, 08:22 PM) a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=2906876"{POST_SNAPBACK}/a/divdiv class='quotemain'!--quotec--the russians have had bad luck with their spaceadventures because america own the world and space and if anyone tries to get themselves a piece of that pie america will see to it that they get their wrists slapped. its almost a dead cert that this adventure will end up with the same conclusion!--QuoteEnd--/div!--QuoteEEnd-- Um.... iwhat?/i So what do you think ha... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 13 years ago
After 1976, most things Russia and the U.S. send in that direction are blown up. The most recent examples the British Beagle and the US Polar Lander. This is actually incorrect. Firstly your use of "blown up". Missions have failed for a variety of reasons, none due to "blowing up" It is also incorrect to say that most have failed since 1976. Of the 16 attempted missions to Mars since 1976 (a date you picked, no doubt, to exclude the highly successful Viking missions) there have been 16 attempted missions to Mars, 8 of which were (or continue to be) successful (Beagle 2 is not included as it wa... [More]


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