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Mars Program Independent Assessment Team ReportThe Mars Climate Orbiter failed to achieve Mars orbit on September 23, 1999. On December 3, 1999, Mars Polar Lander and two Deep Space 2 microprobes failed. As a result, the NASA Administrator established the Mars Program Independent Assessment Team (MPIAT) with the following charter: 1) Review and analyze successes and failures of recent Mars and Deep Space Missions which include: a) Mars Global Surveyor, b) Mars Climate Orbiter, c) Pathfinder, d) Mars Polar Lander, e) Deep Space 1, and f) Deep Space 2; 2) Examine the relationship between and among, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), NASA Headquarters, and industry partners; 3) Assess effectiveness of involvement of scientists; 4) Identify lessons learned from successes and failures; 5) Review revised Mars Surveyor Program to assure lessons learned are utilized; 6) Oversee Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 failure reviews; and 7) Complete by March 15, 2000. In-depth reviews were conducted at NASA Headquarters, JPL, and Lockheed Martin Astronautics (LMA). Structured reviews, informal sessions with numerous Mars Program participants, and extensive debate and discussion within the MPIAT establish the basis for this report. The review process began on January 7, 2000, and concluded with a briefing to the NASA Administrator on March 14, 2000. This report represents the integrated views of the members of the MPIAT who are identified in the appendix. In total, three related reports have been produced: a summary report, this report entitled "Mars Program Independent Assessment Team Report," and the "Report on the Loss of the Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 Missions".
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Document Type
Young, Thomas (Lockheed Martin Corp. United States)
Arnold, James (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Brackey, Thomas (Hughes Space and Communications Group El Segundo, CA United States)
Carr, Michael (Geological Survey United States)
Dwoyer, Douglas (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Fogleman, Ronald (Department of the Air Force United States)
Jacobson, Ralph (Department of the Air Force United States)
Kottler, Herbert (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. United States)
Lyman, Peter (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Maguire, Joanne (TRW, Inc. United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
March 14, 2000
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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