Sitting dead in Earth's orbit thanks to a premature engine shutoff, Russia's Mars-digging probe has been giving ground controllers the cold shoulder for 14 days. An ESA tracking station in Australia has now, finally, managed to make contact.
Will GPS be a thing of the past? The European Commission sure hopes so, as it's aiming to surplant it with its version, Galileo. The first two operational satellites will be blasting into orbit on top of a Soyuz rocket on Thursday.