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Phobos-Soil mission pages

Background information pages for the Russian-led Phobos-Soil mission, which ended on 15 January 2012 when the spacecraft crashed into the Pacific ocean.

Phobos-Soil (also known by its Russian name, Phobos-Grunt) was designed for a comprehensive study of the larger of the two Martian moons – the first spacecraft dedicated to studying this particular planetary body. The mission consisted of a spacecraft that would observe Phobos and its environment from orbit, a lander that would study it in situ, and a return module that would bring about 100 cubic centimetres of samples from the mysterious moon back to Earth.

Mission Summary

Fact sheet

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