Falling to Earth this weekend: Russia's ill-fated Phobos-Grunt…

Phobos-Grunt was the chosen one. It was said that it would bring an end to Russia's Martian curse, not extend it. But now, Russia's once-promising spacecraft — the country's first bid at interplanetary exploration in 15 years — is coming home earlier than planned. » 1/13/12 8:50am 1/13/12 8:50am

The engineers behind Russia's failed Mars attempt could face criminal…

Evidently failure is no longer an option when it comes to Russia's space program. The country's president, Dmitry Medvedev, told reporters this weekend that scientists and engineers behind the Phobos-Grunt mission — the most recent failure in Russia's decades-long streak of unsuccessful interplanetary missions — could… » 11/28/11 2:35pm 11/28/11 2:35pm