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2003-Aug-26, 05:51 PM
SUMMARY: A solar flare has struck Nozomi, Japan's first probe to Mars, cutting off its communications with Earth. Japanese scientists believe that the spacecraft can repair the damage within 6-months, hopefully before it arrives at the Red Planet in December 2003. The solar flare happened over a month ago, but the damage to the spacecraft was only recently admitted to the public. Nozomi will study Mars' upper atmosphere and magnetic field.

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2003-Aug-28, 11:36 PM
Gawd, if it weren't for bad luck, this spacecraft would have no luck at all.

2003-Aug-29, 03:07 AM
This happened a while ago, pay no attention to the original post date. It was like a year ago.

2003-Aug-29, 05:47 AM
Ok, thought it looked familiar. Still holds though--that poor craft has gone through more than it's share of problems.

Course, it hasn't crashed

--yet! :wacko: