NASA update

Russian space enthusiasts have found what seems to be remains of the Mars 3 lander that made it's way up to the red planet in 1970 while reviewing photos from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the youngest and most powerful orbiter to be watching Mars. 

The Mars 3 lander was landed on Dec 2. 1971 and only transmitting for 14.5 seconds before going black from reasons unknown. 

This finding happened in 2007, after reviewing, Alexander Basilevsky of the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry in Moscow, requested that the MRO team take follow-up photos to confirm. 

"Together, this set of features and their layout on the ground provide a remarkable match to what is expected from the Mars 3 landing, but alternative explanations for the features cannot be ruled out," said HiRISE principal investigator Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona. "Further analysis of the data and future images to better understand the three-dimensional shapes may help to confirm this interpretation."