posted on Apr, 16 2007 @ 06:41 AM
I believe the article states that the human error that occurred 5 months ago caused the batteries to fail in as little as 11 hours after the error and
they have had no contact since. The 5 months that you mentioned was not the time it took for the spacecraft to fail after the error, but the time it
took to do the investigation.
MGS was in orbit taking pictures for over 9 years -- 4 times longer than expected. I don't see anything sinister happening here.