Computer failure caused loss of Mars spacecraft

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A computer error that occurred 5 months before NASA lost contact with the Mars Global Surveyor on 2 November 2006 led to the spacecraft's eventual battery failure and subsequent loss of orientation. This is according to a 13 April preliminary report from an internal NASA review board. The report,“Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft Loss of Contact,” is available at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mgs/