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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), The Mars Polar Lander spacecraft is undergoing testing of science instruments and basic spacecraft subsystems. The solar-powered spacecraft is targeted for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Station aboard a Delta II rocket on Jan. 3, 1999. It is designed to touch down on the Martian surface near the northern-most boundary of the south pole in order to study the water cycle there. The lander also will help scientists learn more about climate change and current resources on Mars, studying such things as frost, dust, water vapor and condensates in the Martian atmosphere.

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Mars Polar Lander
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Workers move the Mars Polar Lander to a work stand where it will undergo testing of the science instruments and basic spacecraft subsystems.

Mars Polar Lander
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A technician checks out the Mars Polar Lander on its workstand.
Mars Polar Lander
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Workers adjust the Mars Polar Lander on its workstand

Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1374
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Workers check out the solar panel on the Mars Polar Lander.

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