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Russian scientists hope to send other probe to Phobos

January 24, 2012, 15:15 UTC+3

"Russia must solve the very difficult problem," Viktor Khartov said

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MOSCOW, January 24 (Itar-Tass) — The Lavochkin Scientific and Production Association and the Russian Academy of Sciences hope to send another interplanetary spacecraft to Phobos after the failure of the first mission.

Director-general and designer-general of the Lavochkin scientific centre Viktor Khartov, speaking at academic hearings on cosmonautics on Tuesday, said that they hoped the work to correct the errors would be done and another attempt would be made to carry out the mission. "Russia must solve the very difficult problem," he added.

The unsuccessful Phobos-Grunt mission is a tragedy for the centre, the director-general said.

"We attempted to make a jump across 30 years. For the purpose, absolutely new decisions were gathered without flight experience,” Khartov noted.

According to him, the Phobos-Grunt automated interplanetary station, in essence, was a sum of three craft.

The failure violated the logic of other projects based on the mission. "The jump across 30 years was unsuccessful," he admitted.

A commission is working to investigate what caused the failure. The commission consists of good specialists. "In any case, we are grateful to them, as their independent examination is very useful for our work," Khartov said. "It is a pity that the work was not done before the launch,” he added.

Speaking about the prospects for another mission to the Martian moon, Khartov noted that the Russian Academy of Sciences believed it was important to carry out the task to take soil samples from Phobos.







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