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.

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.

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