NASA's mistake that cost the agency a
Mars-worthy spacecraft

This is the story of one such mistake that cost NASA a $125 million spacecraft for Mars,
as per a NASA statement.

The Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) was 338-kilogram (745-pound) robotic space probe launched by NASA on December 11, 1998,
study the Red Planet and serve as a communications relay for the Mars Polar Lander

But something went terribly wrong when the spacecraft reached Mars. On September 23, 1999, at 09:00:46 UT, the orbiter began entering its Mars orbit as planned.

insertion burn as planned. The spacecraft was scheduled to re-establish contact after passing behind Mars, but unfortunately, no signals were received from the spacecraft, wrote NASA in the statement.

Engineer Richard Cook, who was the project manager of the NASA Mars projects at the time, told WIRED the mistake became legendary.

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