A tracking station operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) in Perth, Australia, made contact Nov. 22 with Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, a Mars-bound probe stranded in low Earth orbit since it was launched two weeks ago from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “This is the first signal received on Earth since the Mars mission was launched,” ESA says in a statement. “ESA teams are working closely with engineers in Russia to determine how best to maintain communications with the ...


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