Russian scientists are going to resume the program "Phobos-Grunt"


05/12/2012

Scientists from the Space Research Institute (IKI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the hope to resume shortly program "Phobos-Grunt". This was recently told journalists Leo Green, the head of the institute.

This, according to Mr. Green could become the third stage of the program of the Russian missions to Mars. SRI research staff offer you start it after the two phases of the project "EkzoMars", launched jointly with the European Space Agency (ESA), which provides for the launch orbiter and landing on the Red Planet Mars Rover in 2016 and 2018godah.

"We continue to believe the problem of" Phobos "relevant. This includes the study of small bodies in the solar system, and a study of the moons of Mars," - said the head of the institute.

Re going to take soil samples from the Martian satellite - Phobos scheduled scientists around 2020. In this case, the project may be called, as explained L.Zeleny, not the "Phobos-Grunt-2", and "something else."

"I would not repeat their past mistakes. Counting on experience, which by that time we will be on Mars, and perhaps also on the lunar program, we hope that it will be much more successful," - he said.

In the words of the head of SRI was also aware of the review of the draft delivery of Martian soil, which is much harder to accomplish. "Maybe some other foreign space agencies will overtake us in this. But even if this would not be the first delivery of a substance from the Red Planet, it is still possible there will find something unusual and entertaining," - he added.

A previous attempt sampling of soil from Phobos, as we know, ended in failure. "Phobos-Grunt" automatic interplanetary station was launched in November of 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome 9. Trying to bring the spacecraft into orbit completed the emergency situation as a result of which he has remained in Earth orbit. To establish contact with the station failed and the device Jan. 15 2012goda fell into the Pacific Ocean.


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