November 8th, 2011 at 22.16 Kyiv time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome was launched space rocket "Zenit-2SB", which led to the reference orbit the Russian interplanetary station "Phobos-Grunt". The automatic interplanetary station "Phobos-Grunt" cleanly separated from the carrier rocket "Zenit-2SB", but did not come out on the flight path to the goal of his appointment — Phobos, a moon of Mars.
According to the Head of Roscosmos VA Popovkina media, the derivation of the Russian interplanetary station "Phobos-Grunt" on trajectory to Mars departure there was an emergency situation with the march of propulsion. At the same time, there is a period of three days for the rehabilitation works on the adjustment program automatic interplanetary station.
Rocket "Zenit" developed by the State Enterprise "Design Bureau" South "to them. MK Yangelya and manufactured by the State Enterprise "Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant" them. AM Makarova in cooperation with Russian and Ukrainian enterprises.
The automatic interplanetary station "Phobos-Grunt", weighing 13.5 tons is intended for delivery to Earth samples of soil from Phobos, as well as studies of plasma-dust environment and monitoring of Mars. Expected to participate in the project scientists and space industry of Ukraine. The project further stipulates that the use of Ukrainian radio telescope RT-70, which will operate in two modes — controls the spacecraft "Phobos-Grunt" and planetary radar. In addition, in the center of Lviv National Academy of Sciences Space Research Institute, HCA Ukraine was developed and produced a combined wave probe for scientific equipment spacecraft "Phobos-Grunt" for studies of electromagnetic fields in the interplanetary medium.
This is the 6th start in 2011