Mars Polar Lander (MPL)
MPL was equipped with cameras, instruments (including a microphone to record the first sounds on the planet), and a robotic arm to sample and analyze the composition of the Martian soil. During its scheduled three-month operational period, it was intended to search for near-surface ice, possible surface records of cyclic climate change, and data bearing on the seasonal cycles of water vapor, carbon dioxide, and dust on Mars.
Related categories MARS PROBES
SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES
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