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What could've been

Had NASA's Mars Polar Lander successfully landed and completed its mission objectives, our understanding of the Red Planet's climate would have dramatically increased.
Since Mariner 4 closely swept by Mars in 1965, unmanned probes have contributed greatly to our knowledge of the Red Planet. Martian studies have shifted to searching for water and subsequently the possibility of life on the planet. As an unprecedented decade of sending probes to Mars drew to a close, NASA launched a spacecraft to land on the planet's surface. Unfortunately, the Mars Polar Lander mysteriously disappeared during its scheduled landing on December 3, 1999. Unlike any previous or pla...

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