After initial suggestions that death-ray-wielding Americans were to blame, Russian space agency Roscosmos has concluded that its lost Martian probe, Phobos-Grunt, was cripped by space radiation.
Russia was understandably upset and perhaps more than a little embarrassed when the Phobos-Grunt probe - slated to explore a Martian moon - failed to escape Earth’s orbit and crashed into the ocean.
The failed Mars probe that was left spinning out of control when contact was lost shortly after takeoff, has crashed safely to Earth in the southern Pacific.
The stricken Russian spacecraft, Phobos-Grunt, is likely to crash to Earth on Sunday or Monday, say scientists tracking its path.
Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.
The European Space Agency says that one of its ground stations has managed to re-establish contact with Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, two weeks after control was lost.
Russian scientists still can't contact the lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, state media are reporting - and there's a danger it could fall to Earth with a massively toxic explosion.
A Russian Mars probe, its first interplanetary mission in 15 years, failed to take the correct course after launch, the Russian space agency has reported.