Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Phobos grunt stuck in parking orbit

Sadly the spacecraft has not even made it to a Mars transfer trajectory. There is a small chance that it can be repaired and make the Earth escape burn, but time is running out because it will both lose the launch window, and run out of battery power. The odds were always stacked against this ambitious mission, but hopefully it can get a shot at Phobos at the least.

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