Monday, April 15, 2013

Amateur Astronomers Spot Missing Russian Mars Lander

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Mars 3 Lander model at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow.
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Using imagery taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2007, amateur astronomers located an object that could be a Russian lander that went dark after a few seconds on Mars in 1971. John Matson reports.

Back in 1971 the Soviet lander Mars 3 scored the first soft landing on the Red Planet. But it operated for only about 15 seconds and then failed. Since that time, Mars 3 has been little more than an historic interplanetary paperweight, its exact resting place unknown.

Now a team of amateur researchers may have located the defunct lander, using imagery taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2007.

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Source: Scientific American Magazine.

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