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Russian space probe destroyed by blast from sun

• Terrence Aym
A powerful solar flare likely caused the spectacular failure of the Russian Federation's bold space mission Fobos-Grunt (in English, "Phobos-Soil"). That's the conclusion of a panel of space scientists working with an interministerial committee charged with determining why the spacecraft failed in Earth orbit before plunging out-of-control into the atmosphere and meeting a fiery end.

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