Russian ground controllers were unable to send telecommands to the stranded Phobos-Grunt spacecraft Nov. 28 via a European Space Agency ground station in western Australia, according to ESA officials, and the agency is now planning changes to a second tracking facility to expand opportunities for reaching the wayward spacecraft. ESA said Nov. 29 that ground teams are modifying a 15-meter-dia. antenna at the agency’s Maspalomas tracking station in the Canary Islands in an effort to ...

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