Mars 3 - USSR Mars Orbiter/Soft Lander - 4,643 kg - (May 28, 1971) Mars 3 arrived at Mars on December 2, 1971. The countdown to terror has begun. "For Apollo, there was an incredible immediacy. On 2 December 1971, the Mars 3 lander became the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing, … The following table is a partial list of artificial objects on the surface of Mars, consisting of spacecraft which were launched from Earth. InSight is the most recent artificial object to land safely on Mars. The holy grail for Mars exploration has for many decades been to ultimately land humans on the Red Planet. Most are defunct after having served their purpose, but the Curiosity rover and the InSight lander are still operational as of 2019. NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010. The lander was released and became the first successful landing on Mars. For Mars… It failed after relaying 20 seconds of video data to the orbiter. First ever satellite to land on the planet Mars was a Russian probe called Mars 2. After the Apollo missions in the Sixties and Seventies it was widely believed that Mars was the logical next step, but funding cuts left NASA in Earth orbit despite having a rocket, namely the Saturn V, that would have been capable of taking humans to the surface of Mars. On November 27, 1971 the lander of Mars 2 crash-landed due to an on-board computer malfunction and became the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars. The first man-made object crash landed on Mars 46 years ago – on November 27, 1971 – setting off decades of exploration involving orbiters, landers and rovers, and inspiring the ultimate goal of putting humans on Mars. Plotting the first human trek to Mars is in many ways similar to Apollo, Head told Space.com, but also very different. Albeit it did not land but crashed. With Kelly Murtagh, Robert J. Gilchrist, Candace McAdams, Benjamin Wood. It won't be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and she just might beat the first man there, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday (Oct. 18). Directed by Mike Lyddon.