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NASA beefs up Polar Lander team, extends probe into loss of Mars Climate Orbiter Space Today

Having lost one spacecraft at Mars last week, worried NASA officials took new steps Monday to protect a second Mars-bound probe from the unexplained navigation error that destroyed its sistership. The agency brought in outside experts to help find out what went wrong, and assigned reinforcements to the team directing the Mars Polar Lander to a Dec. 3 landing near the planet’s south pole.