Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, which was supposed to fly to one of Mars's moons and return with a soil sample, broke down shortly after launch and is now uselessly orbiting Earth. Is Russia's space industry on the verge of collapse?
The V-2 rocket, pictured here in 1944, was a German ballistic missile developed at the beginning of WWI. Both the US and Soviet space programs were founded on V-2 technology, having employed the German rocket scientists after World War II.
NASA's once-iconic astronaut corps will shrink but still play a vital role as the space shuttle era comes to an end.