Massive Phobos-Grunt Probe Likely Delayed 2 Years

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft
Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

Crunch time for Russia Mars probe
BBC News

Less than two months before the scheduled launch of Russia’s flagship planetary spacecraft, officials are set to recommend a delay until 2011.

The Phobos-Grunt mission aims to land on the Martian moon Phobos to collect soil samples and return them to Earth.

Sources within the Russian space industry gave details of the likely postponement.

The Russian space agency Roskosmos is expected to announce the mission’s fate within a week.

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