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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The primary instrument on the Viking landers, a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, used heat to try and find these molecules. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "NASA may have burned best proof of life on Mars by accident over 40 years ago," 12 July 2018 Once Chang’e-4 lands, Queqiao will begin relaying data between the lander and its controllers in China, creating the first-ever radio link to the lunar far side. NBC News, "China plans historic mission to the moon's 'dark' side," 15 June 2018 And although hopes were high that the two landers and their instruments would detect signs of life or organic compounds in samples taken from the surface, that didn't happen. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars," 7 June 2018 In five decades of exploring Mars, NASA has sent orbiters, landers, and rovers to explore Earth’s neighbor. Washington Post,, "Today in non-terrifying robot news: NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars," 15 May 2018 There have been enough robots, landers and orbiters violating the skies and surface of Mars to spark legends and myths and paranoia among whatever life-forms might be there. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’," 10 May 2018 During its 18-month survey of Ryugu, Hayabusa 2 will deploy a lander and three small rovers to take samples of the asteroid, according to New Atlas. James Rogers, Fox News, "Space 'dumpling' rendezvous: Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrives at asteroid Ryugu," 27 June 2018 Combined with high-energy ultraviolet light and cosmic rays streaming in from space, perchlorates would destroy any organic material on the surface, leaving little to be seen by carbon-seeking landers and rovers. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Curiosity Rover Uncovers Long-Sought Organic Materials on Martian Surface," 7 June 2018 However, because the far side of the Moon is the far side, a lander and rover there cannot have a direct line of sight for communications with Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of the Moon," 21 May 2018

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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