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Russia Mars probe may fall to Earth in January

A Russian probe that was to visit a moon of Mars but is stuck in orbit around the Earth could burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere in January, the head of the Russian space agency said Monday. Vladimir Popovkin denied that the Phobos-Grunt probe was considered lost and said scientists had until December to try to re-establish…

Russia aims for first conquest of Mars

MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday launches a probe for Mars that aims to collect a chunk of a Martian moon and become Moscow’s first successful planetary mission since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Phobos-Grunt probe is to blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Zenit-2SB…

Russia launches first ISS supply ship after mishap

MOSCOW — Russia on Sunday launched its first supply ship destined for the International Space Station since the embarrassing loss of a similar vessel in August raised questions about its space programme. The unmanned Progress spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1011 GMT on a Soyuz-U…

Spaceship crash ‘exposes Russia’s systemic failures’

MOSCOW — The crash landing of an unmanned Russian spaceship bound for the International Space Station (ISS) exposed a systemic lack of proper checks and a dearth of qualified staff, experts said. The Progress spaceship failed to reach the correct orbit after the blast-off of the Soyuz carrier rocket on…

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