Saturday, January 24, 2004
Newsday.com - NASA's Mars Rover Landing in Toy Stores: "
In 1999, Mattel Inc. produced a Hot Wheels 'Action Pack' featuring models of NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter, Polar Lander and twin Deep Space 2 microprobe spacecraft.
Just weeks after Mattel's $5 set went on sale, all four spacecraft were lost.
Mattel never aggressively marketed the toys, at least one of which later appeared on online auction site eBay advertised as a NASA 'Crash Pack,' said Alice Wessen, manager of JPL's technology outreach office.
JPL contacted Mattel to gauge interest in making a martian rover toy for this mission.
The company never replied, Wessen said. "
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