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Mars Polar Lander Mission Status

January 14, 2000

The Mars Polar Lander flight team continued efforts to regain communications with the lander spacecraft. The final set of planned commands were transmitted late last week to place the spacecraft in UHF safe mode. A series of relay communications sessions have been scheduled with Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) over the last week to listen for the lander around the clock. These attempts will end on Monday, January 17, at which time we expect to end our attempts to recover the spacecraft.

Mars Global Surveyor continues to perform special targeted observations of the Mars Polar Lander landing site in hopes of imaging the lander or the parachute. The team has started in depth analysis of terrain hazards within the landing footprint in support of the investigation being led by John Casani.

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