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Russia's Wacky Radar Zapping Claims Continue

By Keith Cowing
January 17, 2012
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Did U.S. radar fry Russian Mars probe?, Washington Post
“Russian space officials are speculating that American radar may have zapped the failed Mars moon probe that fell into the ocean Sunday, a prominent Russian newspaper said Tuesday. In Washington, NASA rejected the theory. NASA scientists were not using the Marshall Islands radar on Nov. 9 to track an asteroid, as suggested by Russian space officials, said Bob Jacobs, a NASA spokesman. Instead, the agency employed radar stations only in California and Puerto Rico, he said.”
Russian Probe Crash Sparks New Controversy, Jim Oberg, IEEE Spectrum
“Sadly, this knee-jerk blame shifting in the space industry has ramped up in recent years. The real danger in the Russian nonsense about finding the United States at fault for the crash isn’t just the blow to diplomacy and public attitudes. Also important is how such claims prevent a proper investigation and get in the way of implementing a reliable “fix.”
Russians Strongly Hint At American Cause for Phobos-Grunt Failure, earlier post

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