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December 23, 1998

John McNamee
Mars Surveyor 98 Project Manager

Mars Polar Lander: Launch -11 days

Lander launch processing activities are proceeding on schedule at the Space Launch Complex 17-B facility with launch 11 days away. The lander was transported to the pad and mated with the Delta stack. A full functional checkout of the lander science payload and all spacecraft engineering subsystems, both prime and backup elements, was conducted successfully. A countdown rehearsal on December 31 is the final planned power on activity on the lander prior to configuring for launch beginning the evening of January 2. The lander is on schedule for launch at the opening of the launch period on January 3, 1999, at 3:21:10 EST.

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Mars Polar Lander Spacecraft At Kennedy Space Center
December 23, 1998

Mars Polar Lander
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