NASA lander will dig deep to study Mars San Jose Mercury News

Every time we’ve visited the red planet in the past, we’ve slogged through the atmosphere and kicked around some dust to get a superficial view. That’s about to change. On Friday at 12:37 p.m. PST, NASA’s Mars Polar Lander is expected to settle on the frigid soil near the planet’s south pole and start digging below the dusty veneer.