Amateur space enthusiasts may have discovered missing Soviet Mars lander


Photos captured from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may provide new clues about a Soviet spacecraft that mysteriously vanished 40 years ago. In a press release published Thursday, NASA credited a group of amateur Russian space enthusiasts with discovering what could be remnants of the Mars 3 — a Soviet craft that successfully landed on Mars in 1971, before suddenly losing contact with the USSR seconds afterward.

The discovery was made by a Russian online community dedicated to the Mars Rover Curiosity. Community leader Vitali Egorov led an effort to discover the Mars 3 using the imagery gathered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and a model of what the Mars 3’s hardware might look like under the orbiter’s High Resolution…

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