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Roscosmos receives signal from lost Phobos-Grunt probe

11-24-2011 08:59 BJT

MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said Wednesday it has started to study information received from the Phobos-Grunt space vehicle for the first time since it was lost on Nov. 9.

According to the Roscosmos official website, a connection with the Mars probe has been re-established by the European Space Agency's control room in Australia.

Experts in the Russian and European mission controls have resumed work for a reliable connection with the probe, which also carries China's micro-satellite Yinghuo-1.

The probe's solar panels, experts said, are working so its batteries have been charged sufficiently to support the system.

Roscosmos said that information received could help to understand the reasons behind the probe failure but would hardly save the mission as such.

Mission control will attempt to revive the space vehicle on Thursday night, said Roscosmos spokeswoman Anna Vedishcheva.

On Tuesday, Roscosmos said there was almost no chance to save the space mission.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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