Casual Friday — Fobos-Grunt, how it was *supposed* to happen

Well, if you are at all tuned into space news, you’ve heard that the Russian space agency’s latest attempt to send a spacecraft to Mars is pretty much dead. Pity, too — it was supposed to have been an amazing mission to return a piece of Phobos to the Earth.

Here’s a video (11+ minutes long) of how things were supposed to play out (direct link):

Credit: Roscosmos/IKI

If you’d like to learn more about what happened to this audacious mission, here are some good links:

Spaceflight Now | Phobos-Grunt Mars probe remains silent in Earth orbit

Spaceflight Now | Russia trying to salvage Phobos-Grunt mission

Universe Today | Awesome Action Animation Depicts Russia’s Bold Robot Retriever to Mars moon Phobos

Phobos probe’s fate shrouded in silence – msnbc.com

Grim Prospects for Saving Phobos-Grunt | Parabolic Arc

Russia Scrambles to Save Stranded Mars Moon Probe; Ship May Crash Back to Earth in December. – ABC News

Toxic Russian Mars Probe Heads Back to Earth : Discovery News

Salvaging Science from Stricken Mars Moon Probe: A Scientist’s View | Space.com

Russia Scrambles to Save Stranded Mars Moon Probe – ABC News

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