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Mars Climate Orbiter
Mars Climate Orbiter Mission to Mars

Goals: Mars Climate Orbiter mission was to study Mars from orbit with cameras and atmospheric instruments. It also was designed to serve as a communications relay for the Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 probes.

Accomplishments: None. Communications were lost as the spacecraft prepared to enter orbit around Mars. An investigation found the spacecraft burned up in Mars' atmosphere due to a navigation error caused by the failure to translate English units to metric.


Key Dates
11 Dec 1998:  Launch (18:45:51 UT)
23 Sep 1999:  Last Contact (09:01 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
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Mars Climate Orbiter Facts Mars Climate Orbiter launched (right) 11 December 1998.

Mars Climate Orbiter was designed to arrive at roughly the same time as Mars Polar Lander and conduct simultaneous investigations of Mars's atmosphere, climate and surface.

This mission was unsuccesful due to navigation error caused by the failure to translate English units to metric.
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