Mars Polar Lander / Deep Space 2

past Mission


Lander, Probe


Jan. 3, 1999




Deploy a lander and two penetrators on Mars

Mars Polar Lander was an ambitious mission to set a spacecraft down on the frigid terrain near the edge of Mars' south polar cap and dig for water ice with a robotic arm. Piggybacking on the lander were two small probes called Deep Space 2 designed to impact the Martian surface to test new technologies. Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 were lost on arrival Dec. 3, 1999.

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