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October 21, 2016
A graveyard of broken dreams and landers
Paris (AFP) Oct 20, 2016
Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has become a veritable graveyard for landers and rovers despatched to its surface from neighbouring Earth. Only the United States has successfully operated rovers on the Red Planet, four in all, and has lost only one stationary lander. The former Soviet Union had chalked up repeated failures, while Russia's first attempt at a rover will be a joint mission along with Europe dubbed ExoMars. If data shows that Europe's Schiaparelli lander crashed into the R ... read more

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