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Mars 2003

If approved, the Mars 2003 mission will have two important parts. The first is the Mars Surveyor 2003 Lander, which will be launched sometime between May 27, 2003, and June 17, 2003. The lander will use rockets to land safely on the surface. The spacecraft will take images of the surrounding terrain and aid scientists in their study of Mars' geology.

The second part of the mission involves the Mars Surveyor 2003 rover. This little machine is similar to the rover used during the Pathfinder mission. It will traverse the Mars surface and study the geology of the Red Planet.

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