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Model of Phobos Grunt's base section
A model of Phobos-Grunt's base section
Organization: Russian Federal Space Agency
Mission type: Orbiter, lander, sample return
Flyby of: Phobos
Satellite of: Mars
Launch date: 8 November 2011
Launch vehicle: Zenit rocket
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome
Mass: 8120 kg
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Phobos-Grunt (also spelled Fobos-Grunt, also called Phobos Sample Return Mission) was an unmanned Russian spacecraft. It was an attempted sample return mission to Phobos, a moon of the planet Mars. Scientists intended Phobos-Grunt to orbit and study Mars. It was meant to look at Mars' atmosphere and dust storms, plasma and radiation. Then, Phobos-Grunt should have landed on Phobos and returned a 200 g soil sample to Earth.

The spacecraft was the first Russian interplanetary mission since Mars 96. It was launched on 8 November 2011 (UTC), aboard a Zenit rocket, at Baikonur Cosmodrome. It was sent with the Chinese spacecraft Yinghuo-1 and with the Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment.

The name Phobos-Grunt (Russian: Фобос-Грунт) is Russian for Phobos-Soil.


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