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Where is Japan's "Planet-B" Mars Probe?

From: Ignatius Graffeo <Ufoseek@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 08:09:14 EDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 17:57:01 -0400
Subject: Where is Japan's "Planet-B" Mars Probe?

On July 4, 1998 when Pathfinder landed on Mars, Japan launched
their PLANET-B Nozomi (means hope) to Mars. It was supposed to
arrive in Mars orbit earlier this month, and send back pictures.
Here is the original Reuters story:

Japan Probe Heads For Mars With All Systems Go

Japan's official Planet B website (still online, but seems to
have been abandoned)

There have been no updates there since Dec. 25, 1998!!

I don't recall hearing any subsequent announcements about the
mission, good or bad. Maybe I missed something. What happened to
it?  It seems a bit strange nothing has been said about this
mission for well over a year. I have sent an e-mail inquiry from
their website ( yyoshida@stp.isas.ac.jp )  Anyone who has
information about this please contact Ufoseek@aol.com



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