ESA suspends tracking support to Russian Mars mission

Phobos Grunt optical image captured by Ralf Vandebergh
Amateur astronomer image of Phobos-Grunt, 29 November

2 December 2011
In consultation and agreement with Phobos-Grunt mission managers, ESA engineers will end tracking support today. Efforts in the past week to send commands to and receive data from the Russian Mars mission via ESA ground stations have not succeeded; no response has been seen from the satellite. ESA teams remain available to assist the Phobos-Grunt mission if indicated by any change in the situation.

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