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Inside Russia's Mars Moon Sampling Mission: Infographic

Russian space officials hope to correct a problem that has prevented the Phobos-Grunt probe from departing Earth orbit on its mission to collect soil samples from a moon of Mars.
Russian space officials hope to correct a problem that has prevented the Phobos-Grunt probe from departing Earth orbit on its mission to collect soil samples from a moon of Mars. (Image credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor)

The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:16 p.m. EST (2016 GMT) on Nov. 8, 2011, and separated from its Zenit rocket properly, Russian officials said. However, the spacecraft's own engine failed to ignite to take the vehicle on a trajectory to Mars, leaving it stranded in Earth orbit.

 

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Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.

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