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Mars Says: Go Away.

For the second time in two months, the U.S. space agency lost contact with a spacecraft as it approached Mars on an exploratory mission. The Mars Polar Lander fell mysteriously silent in December as it entered the planet's atmosphere en route to a landing. For seven days, officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tried to reestablish contact, but without success.

The failed lander mission followed the loss in September of the Mars Climate Orbiter, which flew off course and was destroyed. NASA is investigating possible causes for the latest failure, including budget constraints that may have led the agency to cut corners on the lander's design. Then again, maybe the Martians just didn't want us bugging them.
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Title Annotation:Mars Polar Lander goes awol
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 17, 2000
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