Love robotics? Fill out the form below to stay
abreast of the latest news, research, and business
analysis in key areas of the fast-changing
robotics industry
Subscribe to Robotics
Trends Insights


 
Sponsored Links

Advertise with Robotics Trends
[ view all ]
Service and Healthcare
Bookmark and Share
STORY TOOLBOX Print this story  |   Email to a friend  |   RSS feeds
Russia to Launch Unmanned Lander on Martian Moon
The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft will be sent to the surface of Phobos and return to the Earth with soil samples.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Nov 22, 2010

The test launch of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was originally scheduled for 2009, but postponed due to technical reasons.

More Service and Healthcare stories
 

Speaking in Moscow, the head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov, said the launch of an unmanned lander to Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, is scheduled for October 2011.

The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft will be sent to the surface of Phobos, and then return to the Earth with soil samples.

A Chinese micro-satellite YH-1, the country’s first Mars probe, will also be carried by the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft to the Martian orbit, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

The Chinese deep space research probe will start a Mars research program, including studying the mechanism of water evaporation on the planet.

Also, Phobos-Grunt will carry seeds and particular species of bacteria, fungi, maxillopoda, fish, and chironomids in the mission, which will help resolve the problem of planetary quarantine.

The test launch of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was originally scheduled for 2009, but postponed due to technical reasons.

The Mars mission is expected to last about 330 days.

Source: Xinhua


Bookmark and Share
STORY TOOLBOX Print this story  |   Email to a friend  |   RSS feeds
  FOLLOW US
Facebook
Now you can follow Robotics Trends and
Robotics Trends Business Review on Facebook