RUSSIA MARS PROBE FAILS TO REACH ORBIT

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STORY: RUSSIA MARS PROBE FAILS TO REACH ORBITDATELINE: Nov. 9, 2011LENGTH: 0:00:25LOCATION: MoscowVORussia's space agency says a Russian Mars probe launched early Wednesday has failed to reach its intended orbit.The abnormality occurred after the Phobos-Grunt probe separated from the launch vehicle, which blasted off in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.The spacecraft was supposed to use its own booster to reach the designated flying orbit, but failed to do so.Russia's space agency said the mission control lost contact with the probe after the separation.The probe was expected to bring back a soil sample from the Mars moon Phobos.
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