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ESA tracking station in Australia, managed to make contact with Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt.

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posted on Nov, 24 2011 @ 10:26 AM
Despite the absolute silence of Roscosmos, the European Space Agency issued a statement confirming communications between a ground tracking station in Australia and the Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt:

More attempts have been made by the European Space Agency (Esa) to contact the stricken Russian probe Phobos-Grunt - with partial success.

Communication with the craft as it passed over Australia was achieved again on Thursday, but not all of the commands prompted a response.
Phobos-Grunt was launched two weeks ago on a mission to visit one of Mars' moons, but became stuck in Earth orbit.
Engineers still hope to fix the probe and get the mission under way.
But first they need to be able to talk with it. Europe's 15m dish in Perth was the first to successfully make contact with the spacecraft in a fortnight of trying by tracking stations around the globe.

Though, the most part of the spacecraft's system is still unresponsive and most likely it will deorbit and crash somewhere, in few weeks.

I wonder if the timing between the visit of Obama to Australia, ESA breaking the silence about Phobos-Grunt and USA and Russia aiming missiles to each other, is just a coincidence...

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