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Pete Theisinger
Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

"September 2001"

P2K: September 26, 2001... What are the things that you're most worried about for the next 2 months, that have to go right for assembly, test, launch, operations-all to work...

Pete Theisinger: Mass is the major technical resource that we are fighting. And that has been, since the January review, the Delta Review, we have had a mass management plan in place. (Ed: such as the "Mass Tribal Council." See Shonte Wright.) Mass growth has occurred. We're right kind of at the cusp in terms of, we think it's gonna stabilize: it must do that. If it does not stabilize, we've got some serious issues we are going to have to work off. So those are the two, those are the two things.

We've got to keep the progress going forward on the schedule, and we've got to make sure that the mass resource keeps below the red line. And if those two things are true, in December, we're going to be in really, really, really good shape for the 2002 test program.

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