On This Day in Space! Jan. 29, 1989: Phobos 2 enters orbit around Mars

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On January 29, 1989, a Soviet space probe named Phobos 2 arrived in orbit around Mars. This was the last space mission launched by the Soviet Union. 

The mission’s  primary purpose was to study Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos.  

An artist’s illustration of the Phobos 2 mission to the Mars moon Phobos launched by the former Soviet Union. It arrived in orbit around Mars on Jan. 29, 1989. (Image credit: NASA/JPL)

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Phobos 2’s journey to the Red Planet took about 6 and a half months, and it spent the next two months taking pictures of the two moons and gathering data on Mars’ atmosphere. 

It brought along two small landers to drop on Phobos, but mission control lost contact with the spacecraft before those landers made it to the Martian moon.

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Source: space.com

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