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MOC to Search for Clues

edl.gif Flight controllers have been unable to contact the Mars Polar Lander. On Saturday, the Deep Space Network and Stanford University attempted to detect a signal from the lander but were not successful. Controllers will continue trying to regain contact with the lander, but at this point it seems unlikely. It is more probable that there was a catastophic failure of the spacecraft during its entry, descent, or landing. The cause may never be known, but high-resolution images from the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) aboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft may yield clues. These images will be taken during the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the science team at UCLA is beginning the difficult task of saying goodbye and disassembling the Mars Science Operations Center. We all hope that the unique scientific questions of this mission will be addressed in the future.

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