The Sounds of Silence
"Launched November 9 to collect a surface sample from the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, the 13-ton spacecraft was to be boosted from its initial parking orbit low in Earth’s skies within hours after reaching space, when the engine of its Fregat upper stage failed to ignite. Thought to have reverted to safe mode, Phobos-Grunt has been flying straight and periodically adjusting her orbit using small thruster engines. While this maneuvering has extended the amount of time that the probe can remain in space before reentering Earth’s atmosphere, ground controllers have been struggling to establish a communication link."
"Israel tones down threats to Iran November 17 -23, 2011
"With Iran on an international charm offensive, for now Israel appears edging back from bellicose threats to strike its nuclear facilities, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Having succeeded in alerting the international community, especially Western powers, to the "immediate Iranian nuclear danger", Israel has been toning down its threats to carry out imminent air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.
Israel, which has a huge arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, including an estimated 200-250 nuclear weapons, claims Iran is on the verge of producing a nuclear device.
Israeli pugnacity reached its height last week when Israeli President Shimon Peres said during a televised interview that the chances of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear targets were becoming more probable than ever, especially after the release of an IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) report on Iran."
So Phobos Grunt fails to get out of LEO, while Ruski gremlins keep it in a steady orbit.
Netanyahu and Lieberman's mouths are full of chopped liver since P-G failed to go into higher orbit and not full of threats to attack the reactor at Bushehr.
Does Phobos-Grunt have MIRVs? If so are they atomic? Has an ultimatum been made privately to Bibi?
Has anybody seen what's on P-G's manifest or Bill of Lading?
Hasn't Tel Aviv toned it down since Phobos-Grunt?