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Russia's Latest Excuse for Phobos-Grunt Failure

By Keith Cowing
January 31, 2012
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Russia blames ‘cosmic rays’ for Mars probe failure, AFP
“Carrying out such a large-scale, lengthy job, they should have taken into consideration the effect of outer space on the equipment of an interplanetary station.” He also blamed sub-standard or fake foreign-made microchips used in the probe, saying more than 60 percent were not designed for use in space. “This is imported equipment and of course this is probably a reason,” he said. Russia had previously speculated that radiation from US radar could have put the probe out of action.”
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