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

Russian Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft on the Launchpad

Roscosmos

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft sits atop its Zenit-2SB rocket on the pad in Kazakhstan, ready for its Nov. 8, 2011 launch toward the Martian moon Phobos.

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 Phobos Closeups

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

In this picture, seven close-up views of Phobos, taken by the Super Resolution Channel on the High Resolution Stereo Camera, are superimposed on the wider view.

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.

Phobos-Grunt Landing Sites

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

This picture of Phobos shows two possible landing sites for the Russian Phobos-Grunt mission. The oval in red marks a spot that was previously being considered, while the blue oval denotes the currently favored landing site.

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 3-D

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

This photo, taken by Mars Express' High Resolution Stereo Camera, shows a 3-D view of the pockmarked surface of Phobos created by years of impacting meteorites.

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)

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.

Phobos-Grunt on Its Way to the Launchpad

Roscosmos

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, along with its Zenit-2SB rocket, are ferried to the launchpad ahead of their Nov. 8, 2011 launch.

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