Artist's depiction of the Mars Climate Orbiter.
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NASA Loses Climate Orbiter (Updated!)
News story originally written on October 4, 1999
NASA says they caused the Mars Climate Orbiter to burn up. Scientists confused the units when finding the right orbit. The orbiter got too close to the Red Planet and blew up.
The spacecraft would have studied Mars' weather for one Mars year, which is 687 days. Now, scientists are trying to find out how they could have made the mistake.
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