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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…

Russian spacecraft fails to head for Mars moon

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s first planned interplanetary mission in more than two decades went wrong on Wednesday when a $163 million unmanned spacecraft failed to take the proper course toward Mars soon after its launch. Russian space agency chief Vladimir Popovkin said an engine failed to fire on the Phobos-Grunt probe after it reached Earth’s orbit,…

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