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Polar Lander Still MIA, Outlook Doesn't Look Good
Microprobes Silent Too
History Shows, Mars Eats Spacecraft
Damaged Cable Could Add Delays to Discovery's Launch
POLAR LANDER STILL MIA, OUTLOOK DOESN'T LOOK GOOD
Engineers attempting to communicate with the Mars Polar Lander
have been working through their troubleshooting options to get
the spacecraft to respond. The "last best" opportunity to
communicate with the Lander was a failure Monday evening.
From this point on, any chance of contacting the $150 million
probe is remote at best. Still, NASA hasn't declared the
mission a failure... yet.
MICROPROBES SILENT TOO
Not only has the Mars Polar Lander been silent, but the twin
microprobes, which detached from the spacecraft prior to
arrival at Mars and made a separate decent. Designed to
search for water on the surface of Mars, they were supposed
to make contact with the Mars Global Surveyor, which would
relay their communications back to Earth.
HISTORY SHOWS, MARS EATS SPACECRAFT
Although there have been two failed missions to Mars this
year; they're in good company. Both the US and Russia have
a long string of failures in sending missions to the Red
Planet. From the first failed Russian craft sent in 1960
to the failed Mars Observer sent in 1993, a very low
percentage have actually completed their mission.
DAMAGED CABLE COULD ADD DELAYS TO DISCOVERY'S LAUNCH
During routine inspections of the Space Shuttle Discovery's
main engine compartment, engineers discovered a damaged cable
which is used to send commands to one of the three main engines.
A one-day delay may be required to replace the cable. NASA isn't
sure its replacement will cause a delay from its Dec. 11th
launch, but it's a possibility.
Space News from SpaceDaily.com for today
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China Prepares To Test New ICBM
Europe To Launch X-Ray Space telescope
On Mars No One Can Hear You Scream
Satellite Launch Postponed
Mars Invades Earth
Lighting Up The Van Allen Belts
Lander Failure Highlights Cost Dilemma
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