Talk:List of artificial objects on Mars

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If giving a Total estimated dry mass (kg), the list should include all of the material brought along with the landers. For example, Curiosity had a heat shield, backshell, parachute and sky crane which should all be consider part of the total mass of "artificial objects" on Mars.

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_rover, "Curiosity comprised 23% of the mass of the 3,893 kg (8,580 lb) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, which had the sole mission of delivering the rover safely across space from Earth to a soft landing on the surface of Mars. The remaining mass of the MSL craft was discarded in the process of carrying out this task."

-- Dan Loeb publisher@pjvoice.com


— Preceding unsigned comment added by 141.162.101.50 (talk) 16:54, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Wonder if it's worth creating a list of artificial satellites around Mars? I'll create a link at the bottom, and see what happens... --CharlesC 23:39, 16 May 2006 (UTC)


The NASA rovers Spirit/Opportunity have incorrect locations, those are just the landing locations, but they've travelled since that time significantly.


Anyone know why there's a longitude of 354.something° E? Benizi Answered my own question: areocentric coordinates, apparently; anyone want to Wikify that? Benizi


Exactly how are these objects artificial?

Man made Ricnun 10:23, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

What about the Mars mission that crashed on the surface of Mars due to technical errors? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 144.89.84.140 (talk) 04:13, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

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Status column[edit]

I'd like to add a "Status" column, like List of man-made objects on the Moon has. I'm ready to add it in but I figured I should mention it here first. If nobody objects within the next few days, I'll go ahead and do it. Sephalon1 (talk) 10:48, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

  • Well nobody seemed to object, so I went ahead and added it. I only have a ref on one entry (Pathfinder), because all the other entries have the information in their specific WP articles. For some reason, though, the Pathfinder article never states the mission duration in sols. Hence the external ref.Sephalon1 (talk) 08:17, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Removed the Refimprove[edit]

I removed the Refimprove. I think everything is properly sourced now. But I am still fairly new at this, so I might not be clear on WP's sourcing policy. I'm assuming (am I wrong?) that it is ok to link to another WP article which in turn sources it externally. For instance, the mission dates of the various missions are not individually sourced here, but they are sourced in their WP pages, which are linked to in the table. Sephalon1 (talk) 06:25, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Soviet probes[edit]

I would need to look up figures for this but I'm pretty certain that the Soviet landers were not as massive as listed in the table (1210kg)- I suspect that number was the total mass of the lander plus orbiter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.147.177.77 (talk) 23:22, 8 August 2012 (UTC)