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Report on the Loss of the Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 MissionsNASA's Mars Surveyor Program (MSP) began in 1994 with plans to send spacecraft to Mars every 26 months. Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), a global mapping mission, was launched in 1996 and is currently orbiting Mars. Mars Surveyor '98 consisted of Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) and Mars Polar Lander (MPL). Lockheed Martin Astronautics (LMA) was the prime contractor for Mars Surveyor '98. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, manages the Mars Surveyor Program for NASA's Office of Space Science. MPL was developed under very tight funding constraints. The combined development cost of MPL and MCO, including the cost of the two launch vehicles, was approximately the same as the development cost of the Mars Pathfinder mission, including the cost of its single launch vehicle. The MPL project accepted the challenge to develop effective implementation methodologies consistent with programmatic requirements.
Document ID
20000061966
Document Type
Other
Authors
Albee, Arden (California Inst. of Tech. United States)
Battel, Steven (Battel Engineering United States)
Brace, Richard (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Burdick, Garry (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Casani, John (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Lavell, Jeffrey (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Leising, Charles (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
MacPherson, Duncan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Burr, Peter
Dipprey, Duane
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
March 22, 2000
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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