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Mars Mission Delayed as Mad Dash to Prep Probe Falls Short

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Science  02 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5949, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_27

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Russia and China were gearing up to send a pair of probes next month to Mars and Phobos, the larger of the two martian moons, and return samples from Phobos. But a breakneck effort to get the main spacecraft ready fell short, and last week the Russian Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, announced that the launch will be postponed until 2011—the next favorable window.