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11-Sep-99 | MCO on approach

On 23 September, Mars Climate Orbiter will fire its main engine for approximately 17 minutes to drop out of heliocentric orbit and begin Mars Orbit Insertion. One of two ships in the Mars Surveyor 1998 program, MCO will then perform a two-month aerobraking phase, followed by a full Martian year of observations to better understand the seasonal changes on that planet. It was launched from Cape Canaveral on 11 December, 1998, the 264th launch of a Delta rocket.


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