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A Bird's Eye View of Mars
News story originally written on September 15, 1997
NASA was successful last week because the Mars Surveyor made it into orbit around Mars on Thursday, September 11. NASA has been able to communicate with the spacecraft and scientists have checked out all of the onboard systems. So far, so good!
The arrival of the Surveyor spacecraft followed the Mars Pathfinder by only two months. These two missions are America's first return to Mars in over 20 years.
The Surveyor will map 99% of the Martian surface while in orbit about the planet.
NASA's next planetary mission is Cassini. Cassini will be launched on October 13, 1997 in order to explore Saturn's secrets.
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