June 11th, 2000

NASA’s claim of Mars Polar Lander ‘achievement’ draws criticism Space Today

NASA has sparked a new uproar over the failed $165 million Mars Polar Lander program because of a statement in a recently released report. This latest Mars-program controversy revolves around NASA’s claim that a “target” was “achieved” because the spacecraft’s robotic arm worked in testing on Earth, even though the arm and the entire Lander were lost after crashing into Mars in early December.

April 12th, 2000

Panel chairman blames NASA management for Mars debacle Houston Chronicle

The House’s chief overseer of NASA on Wednesday blamed mismanagement for two failed Mars missions but stopped short of calling for changes in the space agency’s leadership. An independent review of the missions, which both failed in 1999, concluded last month that they failed because of inadequate testing, inexperienced staff, poor communication and insufficient funds. But Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., said those problems could have been avoided had management paid more attention to tests, employee training and budget management.

April 7th, 2000

More Grief for NASA: Report Calls Deep Space 2 Microprobes Unfit

A recent NASA report found the Deep Space 2 microprobes were unfit for launch but sent to Mars all the same, where they vanished December 3, 1999 along with their mothership, the Mars Polar Lander.

March 31st, 2000

Fatal Error: Buggy Software May Have Crashed Mars Polar Lander

The software problem that likely crashed the Mars Polar Lander into the Red Planet

March 30th, 2000

Polar Lander Leg Snafu Discovery a Fluke

A software glitch that likely doomed the Mars Polar Lander might have done the same to NASA

March 29th, 2000

Goldin Accepts Blame for Lost Mars Missions

NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin said Wednesday he accepts the blame for the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander spacecraft, saying he had asked the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to do the impossible.

March 28th, 2000

Mismanagement Blamed for NASA/JPL Mars Failures


March 24th, 2000

Congress, Mars & NASA Alabama Live

You don’t get a Cadillac for the price of a Yugo. NASA is simply trying to make the most of the money it has. The facts as we know them: On Dec. 3, 1999, the Mars Polar Lander began descending to the surface of the red planet. And that was it. The probe was never heard from again. The spacecraft or its debris, if any exists, is lost in space or on the Martian surface, where recovery is not practical.

March 22nd, 2000

NASA Denies Cover-up SpaceDaily

NASA on Wednesday “categorically denied” a report alleging it knew in advance of a fatal design flaw in the Mars Polar Lander (MPL) that disappeared in space in December.

March 22nd, 2000


James Oberg of UPI claims that NASA knew there was a problem with the Mars Polar Lander propulsion system prior to the Dec. 3 landing attempt and “withheld this conclusion from the public.” NASA categorically denies this charge.