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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: Ron Baalke Original Subject: Mars Polar Lander Mission Status - October
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 1999
      Forwarded by: fwestra@...
      Originally from: Ron Baalke <baalke@...>
      Original Subject: Mars Polar Lander Mission Status - October 30, 1999
      Original Date: 30th Oct 99 7.40pm

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      MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
      JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
      CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
      NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
      PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
      http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

      Mars Polar Lander Mission Status
      October 30, 1999

      NASA's Mars Polar Lander spacecraft successfully fired its
      thrusters for 12 seconds this morning to fine-tune its flight
      path for arrival at the Martian south pole on December 3.

      Flight controllers said the spacecraft performed as planned
      and that preliminary data show the desired trajectory change was
      achieved. The thruster firing began at 10:28 a.m. Pacific
      Daylight Time. Previous thruster firings were accomplished on
      January 21, March 15, and September 1. The next thruster firing
      is scheduled for November 30.

      The landing site is located at 76 degrees south latitude
      and 195 degrees west longitude, near the northern edge of the
      layered terrain in the vicinity of the Martian south pole. The
      lander is now about 14.3 million kilometers (about 8.9 million
      miles) from Mars, traveling at a speed of 4.8 kilometers per
      second (about 10,700 miles per hour) relative to Mars. The
      spacecraft is about 228 million kilometers (about 142 million
      miles) from Earth, and has traveled along an arcing flight path
      of about 690 million kilometers (about 429 million miles)
      through space since launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on
      January 3, 1999.

      For more information on the mission, see
      http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/marsnews/ .

      Mars Polar Lander is managed for NASA's Office of Space
      Science by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL is a division of
      the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

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