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The Mars Polar Lander during tests.
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Mars Lander may be Alive
News story originally written on January 27, 2000

Just when everyone had given up hope, a faint signal was received at Stanford University. Scientists say it most likely came from Mars, although they won't know for sure until later this week. The signals came on December 18, and January 4, which are the two days the lander was told to send a signal to Earth.

Scientists say it is very unlikely that the Polar Lander could continue the mission, even if it is still alive. They are hoping the craft could at least give them some information about its landing. NASA is trying to find out what caused the disaster.

The concept of a living lander puzzled and surprised the entire Mars Polar Lander team.

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