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 E-Mail from The Planetary Society ----- Official Phobos-Grunt Failure Report Released Jan. 31, 2012 | 16:32 PST | Feb. 1 00:32 UTC We need your help. Please donate to support our blog, website, and podcast. Weblog Archive By Louis D. Friedman 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 ----- As I receive more information, I will forward it to UFO-Updates, KK Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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