Russian space officials have claimed that cosmic radiation was to blame for the demise of Phobos-Grunt.
The ill-fated spacecraft was launched last year with the intention of bringing back samples from one of the moons of Mars but failed soon after launch and crash-landed in to the Pacific in January. "The most likely reason in the commission's opinion is the local influence of heavy charged particles from outer space on the onboard computer system," said Russia's space agency head Vladimir Popovkin.
"Space radiation led the onboard computer system to experience memory problems after launch, the Roscosmos chief said."
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Source: Associated Press
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