land·​er | \ ˈlan-dər \

Definition of lander

: one that lands especially : a space vehicle that is designed to land on a celestial body (such as the moon or a planet)

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An illustration of the InSight lander deploying its solar panels on Mars. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 The spacecraft is set to release a German-French lander called MASCOT carrying four observation devices in early October and a bigger rover called Minerva-II-2 next year. Fox News, "Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data," 21 Sep. 2018 The Chang’e-4 spacecraft contains both a mobile rover and a stationary lander, both equipped with a wide range of scientific instruments. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China's Rover Is on Its Way to the Far Side of the Moon," 10 Dec. 2018 Clipper will assess the habitability of Europa's ocean and also scout out potential touchdown sites for the lander, which will seek out signs of life that have bubbled up to the surface, or the very near subsurface, from the dark depths. Mike Wall,, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Both China and India are planning to launch landers toward the moon this year. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "China increasingly challenges American dominance of science," 3 June 2018 Pending government approval, the company’s first mission will entail launching a lander, called the Peregrine, to the Moon via an Atlas V rocket in mid-2020. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Arch Foundation’s first step toward building a Lunar Library," 15 May 2018 Just hours before Dragon left the space station, NASA launched the InSight Mars lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Tariq Malik,, "SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station," 5 May 2018 InSight isn’t a rover, like Curiosity or Opportunity, but a stationary lander. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?," 4 May 2018

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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