"The problem with Russian space exploration has been that people have forgotten the taste of victory. The task of this mission is to restore confidence in our abilities and the importance of the task," Igor Lisov, editor-in-chief of the Russian space journal Novosti Kosmoavtiki (Space News) told Agence France-Presse. The last two Soviet probes to Mars were sent in the 1980s, but only one made it to a Martian orbit, and it lost communication shortly afterward. Most recently, the Russian Mars 96 probe, an ambitious mission to land on the planet and penetrate its surface (the massive probe contained an orbiter, a surface station, and a surface penetrator), ended in a humiliating failure when the spacecraft crashed back to Earth. Along with its plutonium fuel supply, it is thought to have landed in the Pacific Ocean or in Chile.