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Mars Pathfinder Mission Status

2 May 1997

The spacecraft remains in good health and is currently about 98 million kilometers from Earth. No significant spacecraft activities were performed this week. The total flight time since launch is now 149 days, and we have 63 days until Mars arrival.

The EDL planning team completed a very successful Sequence of Events Peer Review. This review covered the detailed flight software sequence used during EDL, recent changes in the EDL software, robustness and regression testing performed since launch, and detailed operational plans for TCM-5 and EDL approach. The review board, led by Jim Marr, agreed that no significant holes exist in the EDL sequence and that we are well on our way to being prepared for EDL operations.

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