Thursday, October 20, 2005

Mars Polar Lander Still Lost

Mars Polar Lander Still Lost

After being lost and potentially found, NASA’s Mars Polar Lander appears to be lost once more.

The sharp-shooting Mars Global Surveyor has repeatedly scanned for wreckage of the Mars Polar Lander (MPL), which disappeared on touchdown in December 1999.

Camera specialists at Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) near San Diego, California initially thought they might have spotted the probe’s parachute, as well as disturbed terrain from the craft’s landing engines.

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