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A Tale of Two Landings, One Orbiting

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Science  09 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5655, pp. 150-151
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5655.150

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Both efforts to land on Mars in recent weeks shared a common design concept, so why did the far less massive instrument package heading for perhaps the safest spot on the planet disappear without a trace, while the more massive spacecraft performed exactly as scripted?