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Official Phobos-Grunt Failure Report Released

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:06:54 +0000
Archived: Sun, 05 Feb 2012 18:02:55 -0500
Subject: Official Phobos-Grunt Failure Report Released


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Official Phobos-Grunt Failure Report Released

Jan. 31, 2012 | 16:32 PST | Feb. 1 00:32 UTC

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Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, has released its official
report concerning the failure of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft,
which fell back to Earth from orbit on January 15 after failing
to ignite the engines that were to take it to the largest
Martian moon.

News agencies are reporting that the investigating commission
blames the failure on space radiation from charged particles,
which damaged poor-quality "imported" electronic chips. This
seems an unlikely cause and, at best, an oversimplification.
Until we read a translation of the actual report, we can't be
sure what it actually says.

As Principal Investigator for the Phobos LIFE capsule and an
experimenter on the mission, I have requested a copy of the
Roscosmos report to analyze. When I better understand what is
known and why the spacecraft failed to start its engines to
leave Earth orbit, I will report back to Planetary Society

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As I receive more information, I will forward it to UFO-Updates,

KK




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