Russian probe fails to take planned course to Mars

Russia's Phobos-Grunt space probe has failed to take its planned trajectory towards Mars and is stuck in an Earth orbit, the space agency said, adding it now had three days to try to fix the problem. "We have three days while the batteries are still working," said Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin. "I would not say it's a failure. It's a non-standard situation, but it is a working situation." by Kerry Sheridan (c) 2011 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Nov 9, 2011