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December 6, 1998

John McNamee
Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager

Mars Climate Orbiter: Launch -4 Days

The NASA Launch Readiness Review was conducted. The orbiter was powered and a limited, accelerated countdown test was conducted successfully. After completion of the test during power down activities, an anomaly occured resulting in the stoppage of the downlink object and the computer rebooting. The problem was repeated in the Spacecraft Test Laboratory (STL) and the cause determined to be a poorly configured command. A flight rule will be established to prevent recurrence of the problem - no change is required on the spacecraft.

Mars Polar Lander: Launch - 28 Days

No activity - day off for lander crew.

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Mars Surveyor 98 Spacecraft At Kennedy Space Center
December 6, 1998

Mars Climate Orbiter
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