Can you find the spacecraft?

In December 1999, the Mars Polar Lander disappeared during its descent to the surface and is suspected to have crashed. The wreckage was never located. There are a number of potential causes for the failure, but only an examination of the remains can reveal the actual problem.

HiRISE at the University of Arizona has made available a set of high-resolution images of the Martian surface so that you or I might try to spot it.

Another lander planned for 2001 was cancelled out of fear of the same fate. On a positive note, the technology developed for these missions is being used for the Phoenix Mars Scout mission, due to land in about a week.


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