posted on Jan, 14 2012 @ 07:57 PM
The Phobos-Grunt Probe was also carrying a Chinese Martian satellite-- so it is not China.
If I am not mistaken, it was a USA tracking station used in an attempt to assist the hapless Russians re-gain contact with that P-G mission and the
only attempt with any hint of success-- but, and as I had to explain to my toddler son, "Even Daddy cannot fix a popped balloon."
Besides, the USA needs the Russians to succeed-- most of us root for them. It is not the US.
I think the American's and Russians decided they liked each other despite politics when the Soviets (as then, they still were) quietly asked NASA if
there was anything they could do to help when Apollo 13 looked like certain death for our astronauts.
Finally, I have been reading about Russian internal manufacturing quality control problems for what must be over a year now-- that kind of suggest the
direction the finger of accusation ought to go.