When the first spacecraft to land on Mars landed on March 15, the landing itself was remarkable for its sheer beauty.
It was the first successful landing in more than a century.
But the moment the capsule plunged into the Red Planet, the first pictures of the aftermath were immediately captured and passed around the world.
Some commentators interpreted the images as a disaster, and the US government responded by saying the landings had been a success.
It would take a decade, but eventually the pictures would make it into a textbook case of an intentional, deliberate accident.
NASA had already conducted numerous studies of the landing, but it was the one NASA did that had a real impact on public perception of the event.
The agency had already completed the first set of images that would ultimately be published in NASA’s first scientific report, published on March 29, 2000.
It included the images that were eventually published as “A Crash Landing on Mars.”
The images were a mishap by any measure, but they were still an accident, according to NASA’s report.
“The images were taken as part of a NASA Mars program called Mission Control,” the report says.
“It was a Mars-specific mission with a mission planning requirement to determine the best approach for landing a spacecraft on Mars.
The landing was a failure because of a failure of design.”
In addition to the images, the report contains some detailed information on how the NASA program was designed.
“Mission Control planned to land a spacecraft with a payload of up to one metric ton of cargo on Mars and to use an orbit that was approximately 180 degrees from the equator,” the document reads.
“In the end, the spacecraft came within 0.02 meters of the Martian surface at an altitude of less than 2.5 meters.”
The images included images of the descent, as well as those of the launch, launch vehicle, and landing.
The photos also included the first images of what was to become known as the “crash site.”
The landing site was a crater.
At that point, the images showed that the spacecraft had impacted the Martian soil, and that the parachute had deployed, causing it to fall into the crater.
“Although the landing was successful, the loss of the parachute was significant and likely would have resulted in the loss or damage of the spacecraft and its payload,” the NASA report reads.
In an interview with NPR, John Taylor, who was then a NASA administrator, explained why the images were not published: “They had a lot of information that was not published.
They had the pictures of this landing, the launch and the landing of the capsule, and they had all the information from the mission planning process, so the information was not available to the public.”
As it turned out, NASA’s images had actually been altered and the images taken before the landing were not of the exact landing site.
The report was not the first time that NASA had used its public image archive to attack the image quality of the original images.
In 2006, NASA released the “Journey to Mars” video that showed astronauts climbing onto a spaceship that crashed on Mars, but the images did not show the actual landing site, according the BBC.
The NASA images were used to attack video footage from the film Journey to Mars that showed what had happened to the spacecraft.
According to NASA, “the image quality problems are due to the image compression artifacts caused by the way that the camera was mounted.
These artifacts have been corrected with software and a new image processor that is now available to all NASA customers.”
When the images finally made it into the public domain, they were widely viewed as a catastrophe and the image-quality problems were described as “a serious problem.”
However, NASA officials pointed out that the images of an accident and the pictures taken during the landing had a common cause: “NASA has spent over 40 years working to improve the quality of images taken on Mars in this way.”
In other words, it was not an intentional disaster, but a result of NASA’s own mismanagement.
NASA had already spent over a decade planning the landing program and was now planning to launch it into orbit with a spacecraft that would crash into Mars.
Why did NASA fail to follow up on the images?
NASA was not alone in the way it did its own image-processing and analysis of the photographs.
After the landing and landing site had been determined, NASA decided that it would conduct a scientific study of the images and would publish a paper about it later that year.
On April 2, 2000, the paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study, titled “A Study of Image Processing and Processing of Selected Images of the Landing of a Spacecraft on Mars,” found that the image processing was inadequate and that there were errors in the data that caused the errors.
Specifically, the authors found that there was a significant discrepancy between what the computer was actually seeing and what it was supposed to see