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Mars Lander Wreckage Found

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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Nearly six years after NASA's Mars Polar Lander vanished during a landing attempt on the Red Planet, a scientist said he has spotted what appears to be wreckage of the spacecraft.

The observation came during a re-examination of grainy, black-and-white images taken by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor, which searched for the probe with no success in 1999 and 2000.

"The observation of a single, small dot at the center of the disturbed location suggests that the vehicle remained more or less intact after its fall," wrote Michael Malin, president and chief scientist of San Diego-based Malin Space Science Systems, which operates the camera aboard Global Surveyor.

Global Surveyor will take higher resolution images later this year in an attempt to confirm the missing lander's location.

The $165 million Polar Lander was headed for touchdown near Mars' south pole on Dec. 3, 1999, when contact was lost. A NASA team concluded a rocket engine shut off prematurely, causing the spacecraft to plummet about 130 feet to almost certain destruction.

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http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/05/06/m...r.ap/index.html

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qkslvr221    0

Lol there goes all the rumors about "aliens destroying it with their psyko-kenesis oooooh!" :/

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insanekiwi    0
Lol there goes all the rumors about "aliens destroying it with their psyko-kenesis oooooh!" :/

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haha :rofl:

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