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Mars Surveyor 98 Photos

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mars Surveyor 98 spacecraft in the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2) on October 16, 1998.

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Mars Climate Orbiter
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1351
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In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), a technician works on the Mars Climate Orbiter which is scheduled to launch on Dec. 10, 1998, aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. The Mars Climate Orbiter is heading for Mars where it will primarily support its companion Mars Polar Lander spacecraft, planned for launch on Jan. 3, 1999. After that, the Mars Climate Orbiter's instruments will monitor the Martian atmosphere and image the planet's surface on a daily basis for one Martian year (two Earth years). 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.

Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1353
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In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), the Mars Polar Lander spacecraft is on display for the media, showing an almost fully installed set of components for its launch planned for Jan. 3, 1999. The solar-powered spacecraft 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.
Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1348
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In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), the Mars Polar Lander is on display during a showing for the media.

Mars Polar Lander
Photo Number: KSC-98PC-1349
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In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), the camera takes a close look at the Mars Polar Lander.

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