The missing Mars Polar Lander may have been found by a top-secret spy imaging agency. The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) has been quietly scanning Mars photos, looking for the lander, since it stopped communicating with Earth in December 1999. They think they?ve spotted something, but NASA says it?s too early to tell.
The Mars Polar Lander entered the Martian atmosphere on December 3, 1999. It was expected to make a soft landing on the south polar region, but contact was never reestablished after the probe touched down. A series of efforts to communicate with the Mars Lander all failed.