In the 1970s, a space project called the Phobos-Grunt project was proposed by Russian space experts.
At the time, it represented a dream for the Russian space program. To build a vehicle that could go all the way to Mars, to collect information from one of its moons, Phobos. It would be Russia’s first deep-space mission, developed entirely in the post-Soviet era.
The project had lots of problems over the years. They include mismanagement, political issues and serious technical problems, according to Russian journalist Anatoly Zak.
However, the Russian space agency persisted, and eventually the Phobos-Grunt became a reality.
The Phobos-Grunt launched on Nov. 9.
Unfortunately, the unmanned vehicle would not make it to Mars.