Only days ago NASA decided to give up on their attempts to contact the Mars Polar Lander, apparently lost during it approach last month. Now comes word that the Mars Polar Lander may have tried to contact Earth on a couple separate occasions. The feeble signal was only just detected during a new analysis. On Tuesday a new message was sent to Mars in hopes of contacting the lost probe. We should know by next week. Space.com has the scoop [defunct link].
“Mars Polar Lander Mission Status.” Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 25 Jan 2000. Web. 14 August 2016