The Mars Surveyor '98 mission originally included an orbiter, lander, and rover.
Worse still the 1999 Mars climate orbiter ended in pieces simply through failure to spot a mix-up of metric and imperial units.
Click here for a virtual-reality model of the shuttle orbiter using Quicktime.
The movie has been created from the many images taken by the THEMIS instrument on-board the Mars Odyssey orbiter.
Weather frustrates shuttle again Poor weather conditions prevent the Discovery space orbiter from launching for the second day running.