Re: Mars Polar Lander

Robert Owen (
Sat, 04 Dec 1999 03:30:07 -0500

Jeff Davis wrote:

> As of this hour, the Mars Polar Lander is down... and silent.
> I sure hope the gadget checks in. The suspense is killer.

Others here and there have made a judgment regarding NASA and JPL with respect to engineering and programming errors in this sequence of missions.

Assume, Jeff, that the Mars Polar Lander is catastrophically damaged and operationally disabled. What would be your interpretation of these mission failures?


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA