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Phobos-Grunt tracked in orbit

By T.K. Randall
January 8, 2012 · Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: Roscosmos
The stricken Russian Mars probe has been photographed in the sky by an amateur astronomer.
The probe was launched last year in the hope of bringing back a sample from Mars' moon Phobos however it failed shortly after launch and has been trapped in orbit ever since. The Russian space agency believes 20-30 pieces of the probe may survive re-entry and crash down to the Earth within the next 9 days or so.
The failed Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt has been pictured moving across the sky by the Paris-based amateur astronomer Thierry Legault.


Source: BBC News | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bpl 11 years ago
maybe the marians (not spelled correctly) did it
Comment icon #2 Posted by Muenzenhamster 11 years ago
maybe the marians (not spelled correctly) did it Marians? What, like the religious order? What exactly did they do, that you are referring to, anyhow?
Comment icon #3 Posted by bulveye 11 years ago
'Marians'? You mean Martians? Or is it a play on words I do not get?
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then 11 years ago
Marians? What, like the religious order? What exactly did they do, that you are referring to, anyhow? Perhaps a little less caffeine...


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