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Mars Pathfinder Mission Status

13 June 1997

The spacecraft remains in good health and is currently about 160 million kilometers from Earth (10 million km from Mars). The total flight time since launch is now 190 days, and we have 21 days until Mars arrival.

The Operations Team completed the final Operational Readiness Test in preparation for Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) and surface operations. This test simulated activities from two days before landing through two days after landing and was very successful.

Major activities completed during this ORT included a simulated Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM)-5, a nominal EDL, a series of simulated press conferences for Sol 1 & Sol 2, a successful rover deployment of Sol-1, and extended rover traverses over the course of the following two days.

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