NASA isn’t the only space agency with problems these days. Russia’s space agency just launched a fourth probe to study Mars and its moons, and just like the previous three this one has malfunctioned. There’s still a chance, though it’s increasingly unlikely, that the Phobos Grunt probe can be saved, and the Russians are trying their hardest to do so.
Today’s Sci Friday links focus on this mission.
- Russia Launching Probe to Sample Mars Moon Phobos Today from Space.com.
- Russian Probe Fails to Take Route for Mars from Mars Daily.
- Phobos LIFE Sending Millions of Passengers To Mars’ Moon Phobos from Mars Today.
As regular readers of this blog know, I’m rooting for the private sector to take over space exploration since government agencies seem to be having trouble. One private company is already making plans to go to Mars.
- SpaceX Dragon Capsule Could Go Drill For Ice on Mars from Popular Science.