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|Russia Plans 2009 Phobos Mission|
Russia is currently planning a robotic probe of Phobos. To launch in 2009, it will be called Phobos-Grunt and will be part of an effort to develop space exploration programs using unmanned spacecraft. Although Mars' moons could become important to future colonists, it is unclear what Russia will be searching for with this mission.
In other news, Russia's 500 Days experiment to study conditions that could be present during a voyage to Mars and their effects on humans will begin in 2006. American astronauts have been invited to volunteer along with Russian counterparts.
- posted by Brian @ 11:36 EST