Russia to Delay Martian Moon Mission
Posted by Mike on Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:26:03 +0100

The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was scheduled to lift off October 2009 for a Martian moon.

However, according to Francis Rocard, a scientist at the French space agency, which supplied some of the scientific payloads for the project, Russian space officials are about to announce a postponement of the launch to 2011.

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Russia is not alone in having to delay a Mars mission. In December 2008, NASA�s Mars Science Laboratory mission, featuring the largest rover yet to drive on the surface of Mars, was postponed from 2009 to 2011. In October 2008, the launch of a European rover, which was expected to focus on the search for life on Mars, had to be pushed back from 2013 to 2016.

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