PARIS — A tracking station operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) in western Australia made contact Nov. 22 with Russia’s stranded Phobos-Grunt spacecraft after the agency modified a 15-meter-dia. antenna at the facility, according to ESA officials. As a result, engineers at Russian space agency Roscosmos were able to send commands to the Mars probe via ESA ground controllers at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, turning on the spacecraft’s ...


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