Russian sun probe lost: official

Apr 19, 2010

Russian scientists acknowledged Monday that solar research satellite Koronas-Foton has been lost due to technical problems, barely a year after its launch.

The probe, also known as CORONAS-Photon, was launched into orbit by Russia on January 30, 2009 but lost connection with its controllers at the end of the year when a problem with its led to battery failure.

"The probe has not functioned for almost five months which allows us with a good deal of certainty to announce its final death," said its creators, the Laboratory of X-Ray Astronomy of the Sun of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

It said that in early April the probe's batteries had the chance to be well charged by the sun but it still failed to make contact with the earth.

The probe had hoped to investigate energy accumulation in the sun's atmosphere, and the relationship between and magnetic storms on Earth.

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omatumr
1 / 5 (5) Apr 19, 2010
I deeply regret to see a solar probe by Russia or any other country lost.

The results of solar probes by NASA and ESA are IMHO suspect because these agencies have manipulated or hidden data in the past to try to protect the illusion that the Sun is a giant ball of Hydrogen [See: "The Sun is a plasma diffuser that sorts atoms by mass," Yadernaya Fizika 69, number 11, (Nov 2006); PAC: 96.20.Dt].

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Emeritus Professor
Nuclear & Space Science
Former NASA PI for Apollo