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No Contact Made With Mars Lander

December 3, 1999

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Radio signals confirming the Polar Lander’s touchdown on Mars did not immediately reach Earth as hoped today. The delay began what could be days of anxious waiting for scientists to learn the fate of NASA’s $165 million probe.

The problem could be as simple as a mispointed antenna or as serious as a catastrophic failure during the descent that was to culminate the 11-month mission to land near Mars’ south pole.

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