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Earthlings lost Mars probe?

November 14 2006

Probe of NASA, for the past 10 years, successfully explored the surface of the "red planet", has stopped responding to signals from the Earth.

Engineers believe that the apparatus had broken down one of the components of the engine for propulsion of the solar panels of the probe. After that the probe moved to the idle power consumption and turned the panels to the sun.

According to Thomas Thorpe, project manager, "such a maneuver could bring down the angle at which there are antennas and transmitters of the probe relative to the Earth. "One panel is not enough to feed the probe a very long time", - explained Thorpe, which leads slvoa "BBC".

The probe was launched in November 1996. On board is a chamber through which were received very clear pictures of the Martian surface.

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