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NEW PHOTOS OF MARS '98 ORBITER AND LANDER NOW AVAILABLENew photographs of NASA's Mars Surveyor '98 Climate Orbiter and Polar Lander, now entering the final stages of testing before launch in December 1998 and January 1999 from Cape Canaveral, FL, are available on the Internet.
The photographs show the Mars Surveyor '98 Climate Orbiter as it was undergoing acoustic testing at Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, to simulate conditions that might occur at launch. The lander is shown during deployment and testing of its surface solar panels. The photographs are available on JPL's home page at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov, NASA's Planetary Photojournal web site at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov, and the Mars '98 project site at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msp98.
The Mars '98 mission is the next set of launches in a sustained program of robotic exploration of the red planet, known as the Mars Surveyor program. The 1998 mission will address the behavior of Martian volatiles, such as water vapor and ground ice, and reveal more about the history of Mars' climate and current resources. The orbiter, tentatively scheduled for launch on Dec. 10, 1998, will conduct a two-year mission to profile the Martian atmosphere and map the surface. The lander, set for liftoff on Jan. 3, 1999, will carry out a three-month surface mission to search for traces of subsurface water in the frozen, layered terrain of Mars' south pole.
The mission is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. The spacecraft are in development at Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, NASA's industrial partner in the mission. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
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