Telstar was the first, non-military satellite launched in 1962. It broke merely after 5 months. What was the cause?

magnetic storm
collision with meteor
nuclear explosion
software flaw
In July 1962 USA con­duct­ed high altitude nuclear test of an­tirock­et of 1.4 mega­tonnes of TNT. The ex­plo­sion con­duct­ed at the height of 250 miles de­stroyed 1/3 of all satel­lites, in­clud­ing Telstar.

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