The purpose of the mission, which is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, is to flight-test new technologies to enable future science missions
If successful, Deep Space 2 will demonstrate innovative approaches to entering a planet's atmosphere, surviving a crash- impact and penetrating below a planet's surface
As a secondary goal, the probes will search for water ice under Mars' surface.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. – less–ZoomInfo