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Submission + - Phobos-Grunt Probe Malfunctions (

Foxhoundz writes: "The much anticipated launch of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft headed for Mars's moon is off to a rocky start as the probe somehow got stuck in Earth's orbit. The Guardian writes:

Engineers have three days to regain control of the $163m Phobos-Grunt probe that was designed to collect rock and soil samples from Mars's moon, Phobos, and return them to Earth for scientific study.


In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker