New Mars Photos May Reveal 1970s Soviet Lander
Russian space enthusiasts poring through photos from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted what looks like the remains of the Soviet Mars 3 lander that arrived at the Red Planet in 1971.
The Soviet Union lander was the first spacecraft to survive a Mars landing long enough to transmit data back to Earth. However, after transmitting for just 14.5 seconds after landing on Dec. 2, 1971, Mars 3 went dark for unknown reasons.
Now a group of Russian Mars fans, who track the progress of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity online, may have found the lander after all these years.
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