Photos show Phobos Grunt - update 02 December

The European ground station in Maspalomas joined the effort to contact Phobos-Grunt on December 1 with two attempts, however still nothing was heard from the spacecraft. A station in Perth planned to send commands too, but ESA reported less than favorable conditions: during one pass, the spacecraft would be totally in darkness (and therefore likely without power), during another - only with limited sunlight, while two passes in the daylight would not be optimal for pointing the antenna.

To photos taken by Ralf Vandebergh seem to show that the probe's solar panels were deployed (center).
Copyright © Ralf Vandenbergh. Published here with permission.

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