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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), The Mars Polar Lander spacecraft is undergoing testing of science instruments and basic spacecraft subsystems. The solar-powered spacecraft is targeted for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Station aboard a Delta II rocket on Jan. 3, 1999. It is designed to touch down on the Martian surface near the northern-most boundary of the south pole in order to study the water cycle there. The lander also will help scientists learn more about climate change and current resources on Mars, studying such things as frost, dust, water vapor and condensates in the Martian atmosphere.

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Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1599
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KSC technicians begin to lift the Mars Polar Lander to move it to a workstand.

Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1600
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KSC technicians guide the raised Mars Polar Lander to another site.

Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1601
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KSC technicians lower the Mars Polar Lander onto a workstand.

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