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Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

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Emily Lakdawalla for The Planetary Society. Base maps processed by Patrick McGovern from MOLA data.

Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever
Mars has seen 12 landing attempts, of which 8 have led to successful surface missions. All successes were also NASA missions. NASA has had only one Mars landing failure. ESA has made 2 unsuccessful attempts. Russia has tried 3 times. Of those, one—Mars 3—may have landed successfully, but ceased communication soon after. This map shows all of those sites, plus proposed landing regions for 3 future missions, on a shaded-relief map produced using Mars Global Surveyor laser altimeter data. The map will be updated with actual landing locations in early 2021 after the 2020 launches reach Mars.

A simpler version with only successful and future landings is available here.

Here also is a PDF version of the map of all Mars landing sites. It is editable in Illustrator and includes alternative colorings of the map as extra layers.

This map has been updated since its first posting. Current version: 1.3 (3 Jun 2020)

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder

Original image data dated on or about June 2, 2020

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