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NASA Plans Two Mars Landers in 2003
(AP) - NASA is planning to put two separate, but identical, robot rovers on Mars, bouncing them onto the Red Planet in beach-ball style landings 18 days apart in 2004. Sending two spacecraft, officials said, will increase the chances of success and help ease the sting from the failure of two Mars-bound spacecraft last year. Two rovers also will speed the search for the mysterious missing Mars water and help explore the possibility that the planet once harbored life.