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Photos: Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mission to Mars Moon

Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft Mockup

CNES

This is a full-scale mockup of Russia's Phobos-Grunt. The spacecraft will collect samples of soil on Mar's moon Phobos and to bring the samples back to Earth for detailed study.

Russia's Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft

Lavochkin Research & Development

This image shows Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft prior to its delivery for its planned Nov. 2011 launch toward to the Mars. The ambtious Russian mission aims to land a probe on Mars' moon Phobos, retrieve samples and return them to Earth.

Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars Mission Phases

Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

This Russian-language infographic from Russia's Federal Space Agency depicts the different phases of flight, landing, sample gathering and return for Russia's Phobos-Grunt mission to the Mars moon Phobos launching in Nov. 2011.

Russia Packs Mars Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft for Launch

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

Russian space engineers seal the Mars Phobos-Grunt spacecraft inside its Zenit 3SL rocket nosecone for a Nov. 2011 launch toward the Red Planet to explore Mars and its moon Phobos.

Mars Moon Phobos Likely Forged by Catastrophic Blast

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

The ESA spacecraft Mars Express took this image of Phobos on March 7, 2010. This image has been enhanced for seeing features in the less-illuminated part of the moon.

Photos Show Potential Landing Sites on Mars Moon

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

The ESA spacecraft Mars Express took this new image of the Phobos-Grunt landing area on March 7, 2010. The insert marks the proposed landing region and sites for Phobos-Grunt.

Phobos-Grunt Diagram

Lavochkin Association

Russia's Phobos-Grunt is designed to land on Mars' moon Phobos, collect soil samples and return them to Earth for study. The lander will also carry scientific instrumetns to study Phobos and its environment. It will travel to Mars together with Yinghuo-1, China's first mission to the Red Planet.

Russia Packs Mars Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft for Launch

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

Russian space engineers seal the Mars Phobos-Grunt spacecraft inside its Zenit 3SL rocket nosecone for a Nov. 2011 launch toward the Red Planet to explore Mars and its moon Phobos.

Russia Packs Mars Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft for Launch

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

On Flight Day #4, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer 2 is transferred from space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay for installation on the station's starboard truss.

Russia Packs Mars Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft for Launch

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

Russian space engineers seal the Mars Phobos-Grunt spacecraft inside its Zenit 3SL rocket nosecone for a Nov. 2011 launch toward the Red Planet to explore Mars and its moon Phobos.

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