Space & Astronomy
Russia details mission to Phobos
By T.K. Randall
May 26, 2009 · 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
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