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February 20, 1998

John McNamee
Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager

Orbiter and lander integration and test activities are proceeding on schedule with no significant problems. The flight Mars Color Imager (MARCI) was installed on the orbiter and functional checkouts were completed on Feb 19.

The four solid rocket motor configuration of the Delta launched successfully for the first time on Saturday Feb 14. Four Globalstar commercial satellites were successfully orbited by the Delta 7420 launcher. This represents a major milestone and risk reduction item for the '98 orbiter and lander missions which both use the Delta 7425 launcher (i.e., Delta 7420 plus the proven STAR 48 third stage) to achieve trans-Mars injection.

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