View Full Version : Russia’s Bold Sample Return Mission to Mars and Phobos Blasts Off

2011-Nov-08, 10:00 PM
Russia has successfully launched the Phobos-Grunt sample return mission to Mars aiming to return a soil sample from Phobos, the first time in history such a bold and complicated feat has been attempted. The ambition mission was blasted to space just past midnight at 00:16 Moscow time atop an unpgraded version of the Zenit-2 rocket [...]

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2011-Nov-09, 08:27 AM
The article seems to indicate a perfect launch, whereas this BBC article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15631472)reports a serious problem of an engine failure.

2011-Nov-09, 09:08 AM
There's an updated thread here: http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/119599-Phobos-Grunt-status-updates/page2