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Mars Climate Orbiter Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility -2 (SAEF-2), workers prepare the Mars Climate Orbiter for a spin test. Photos taken on November 13, 1998. Targeted for launch aboard a Delta II rocket on Dec. 10, 1998, the orbiter is heading for Mars where it will primarily support its companion Mars Polar Lander spacecraft, which is planned for launch on Jan. 3, 1999. At the extreme right can be seen the lander in another work area. The orbiter's instruments will monitor the Martian atmosphere and image the planet's surface on a daily basis for 687 Earth days. It will observe the appearance and movement of atmospheric dust and water vapor, as well as characterize seasonal changes on the surface. The detailed images of the surface features will provide important clues to the planet's early climate history and give scientists more information about possible liquid water reserves beneath the surface.

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Mars Climate Orbiter
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1719
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Workers prepare the Mars Climate Orbiter for a spin test.

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Mars Climate Orbiter
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1721
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A worker maneuvers the Mars Climate Orbiter, suspended by an overhead crane, to the spin test equipment at lower right.

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Mars Climate Orbiter
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1720
High Resolution JPEG - 1.7 MB

The Mars Climate Orbiter is lifted from the workstand to move it to another site for a spin test.

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Mars Climate Orbiter
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1722
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Workers lower the Mars Climate Orbiter into place on the spin test equipment.

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Mars Climate Orbiter
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1723
High Resolution JPEG - 1.8 MB

The Mars Climate Orbiter is in place for its spin test.


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