Lev Zeleny

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Lev Matveevich Zeleny
Born (1948-08-23) August 23, 1948 (age 66)
Nationality Russian
Institutions Russian Space Research Institute

Lev Matveevich Zeleny (Russian: Лев Матвеевич Зелёный, born August 23, 1948) is Soviet and Russian physicist. He is currently serving as director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) since 2002.


In 1972 he graduated from the Department of Space Studies Aerophysics and MIPT. Since 1972 he has been working in the Space Research Institute.

On January 2012 following the reentry of the Fobos-Grunt spacecraft, Zeleny proposed a repeat mission called Fobos-Grunt 2, on behalf of mission scientist Alexander Zakharov.[1][2] However, with Roscosmos reaching an agreement with ESA in March 2012 to participate in the ExoMars programme, the agency opted instead to concentrate its efforts on that programme.[3]

Roskosmos has not ruled out future missions to Phobos, however their resources are currently focussed on Exomars and the Luna-Glob mission to the Moon.[4][5]


  • Zelenyi, L. M.; Zakharov, A. V. (2010). "Phobos-Grunt project: Devices for scientific studies". Solar System Research 44 (5): 359. doi:10.1134/S0038094610050011. 


  1. ^ Warmflash, David (2011-12-08). "Scientist: Russia's Failed Mars' Moon Probe Worth a Second Try". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Daniel Clery (February 2, 2012). "Russia Explores New Phobos-Grunt Mission to Mars". ScienceInsider. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Konstantin Bogdanov (11 April 2012). "Russia to Go Back to the Moon Before Reaching for Mars". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 12 April 2012. "Fobos will be repeated, but not immediately." 
  4. ^ "Federal Space Agency accepted the offer to renew the RAS Project "Phobos-Grunt"". Interfax.ru (in Russian). April 10, 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Russian scientists do not abandon the study satellites of Mars". Russia Today (in Russian). 13 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 

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