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December 11, 1998

John McNamee
Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager

Mars Climate Orbiter:

The orbiter was launched successfully at 1:45 pm EST on Friday December 11.

Mars Polar Lander:

Lander launch processing activities are proceeding on schedule in the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility (SAEF-2) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with launch vehicle 3rd stage mate 6 days away and launch 23 days away. Hydrazine was loaded on the vehicle. Final planetary protection assays were taken. Cruise stage solar arrays and the heat shield were installed. Spin balance was completed.

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Mars Surveyor 98 Spacecraft At Kennedy Space Center
December 11, 1998

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