Combining NASA data with the eyes of citizen scientists might have turned up evidence of Mars 3 — a Soviet probe that was the first to make a soft landing (as opposed to a hard crash) on the planet's surface. Mars 3 has been lost since it stopped working, approximately 15 seconds after its successful landing.

5 Responses to “Amateur astronomers find lost Russian Mars probe”

  1. JustAdComics says:

    They would’ve found it quicker if they’d put its photo on the side of milk cartons with a 1-800 number. “Have You Seen This Probe?”

    • Sean Nelson says:

      Don’t you hate when you find yourself in a position to be the first comment, but you just can’t muster up anything especially witty? ¬†Happens to the best of us.

  2. Brainspore says:

    Was this Soviet probe defective… or did it just DEFECT?

  3. niktemadur says:

    The pattern shows up over and over again, most of us first saw it with seti@home, I still find it exciting how NASA needs civilian eyeballs to sift through their huge backlog of data/images and anyone can pitch in.

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