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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: baalke@jpl.nasa.gov Original Subject: NASA Concludes All Attempts To Communicate With Mars
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2000
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      Original Subject: NASA Concludes All Attempts To Communicate With Mars
      Polar Lander
      Original Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 10:28:50 -0800 (PST)

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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

      Contact: Mary Hardin

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2000

      NASA CONCLUDES ALL ATTEMPTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH LANDER

      The Mars Polar Lander flight team has ended all attempts to
      regain communications with the spacecraft.

      "The final set of planned commands were sent on Jan. 6 to
      place the spacecraft in UHF safe mode. Since then, we've had a
      series of relay communications sessions using Mars Global
      Surveyor to listen for the lander around the clock," said Richard
      Cook, the project manager for Mars Polar Lander at NASA's Jet
      Propulsion Laboratory. "These attempts have ended today
      concluding our attempts to recover the spacecraft."

      Mars Global Surveyor continues to perform special targeted
      observations of the Mars Polar Lander landing site in hopes of
      imaging the lander or its parachute. No evidence of the
      spacecraft has been sighted so far and these attempts will
      continue through early February. The team has started in depth
      analysis of terrain hazards within the landing footprint in
      support of the JPL Mars Polar Lander/Deep Space 2 Failure Review
      Board.

      Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 are managed by the Jet
      Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science,
      Washington, DC. Lockheed Martin Astronautics Inc., Denver, CO, is
      the agency's industrial partner for development and operation of
      the spacecraft. JPL designed and built the Deep Space 2
      microprobes. JPL is a division of the California Institute of
      Technology, Pasadena, CA.

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