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October 12, 1998

John McNamee
Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager

Mars Climate Orbiter: Launch -59 days

Mission System Testing of the Launch and Initialization phase was terminated just prior to completion due to a test artifact involving misalignment of the star camera stimulator. A workaround has been implemented and the test will be rerun today (a scheduled margin day).

Mars Polar Lander: Launch -83 Days

The Power Distribution and Drive Unit (PDDU) and Command and Data Handling (C&DH) boxes were reinstalled and system level electrical aliveness testing is in progress and will be completed tomorrow.

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Mars Climate Orbiter Spacecraft At Kennedy Space Center
October 12, 1998

Mars Climate Orbiter
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