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Cape Canaveral Air Station workers check the closure of the fairing around the upper stages of the Boeing Delta II rocket and Mars Polar Lander.

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At Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral Air Station, workers check the closure of the fairing around the upper stages of the Boeing Delta II rocket and Mars Polar Lander. The rocket is scheduled to launch Jan. 3, 1999. The lander is a solar-powered spacecraft designed to touch down on the Martian surface near the northern-most boundary of the south pole in order to study the water cycle there. The lander also will help scientists learn more about climate change and current resources on Mars, studying such things as frost, dust, water vapor and condensates in the Martian atmosphere. It is the second spacecraft to be launched in a pair of Mars Surveyor '98 missions

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  • Title: Cape Canaveral Air Station workers check the closure of the fairing around the upper stages of the Boeing Delta II rocket and Mars Polar Lander.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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