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  US mission lands safely on Mars
Updated 04 January 2004, 10.55
Nasa staff celebrate
A US space probe has safely landed on Mars to try and find out if the red planet could once have supported life.

The six-wheeled rover, called Spirit, parachuted, then bounced, onto the planet at about 4:35am on Sunday morning in a six minute descent.

It has already started sending back pictures of the landscape it will be investigating for evidence of water.

The European Space Agency is still trying to find its missing Beagle 2 probe, which landed on 25 December.

Nasa's Ed Weiler sits next to a model of Spirit
Nasa's Ed Weiler sits next to a model of Spirit
'We are back!'

The descent on to Mars is so dangerous that Nasa installed a system on their rover to send back information during the drop.

The landing sequence slowed the craft from 12,000 mph (19,000 km/h) to a complete stop in six minutes.

Nasa chief Sean O'Keefe congratulated mission officials.

He said: "This is a big night for Nasa - we are back!"

A second Nasa rover, Opportunity, will touch down in the other side of Mars in late January.

The 545 million rovers will check rocks with cameras, microscopes, rock grinders and other instruments.

Spirit should start its hunt for water on about 11 January.

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