Mariner 6

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An artist's concept of Mariner 6 and 7 spacecraft series. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Mission Summary

Along with its twin Mariner 7 spacecraft, Mariner 6 was designed to make a close flyby of Mars to study the surface for signs of life and develop technology for future missions. It took 24 near-encounter photos showing a chaotic and heavily cratered surface as well as the dark features long seen from Earth.

The Mariner 6 spacecraft also had the objective of providing experience and data for the Mariner 7 encounter five days later.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system
- Infrared spectrometer
- Infrared radiometer
- Ultraviolet spectrometer
- Conical radiometer


Type: Flyby
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: February 25, 1969
(01:29 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Target: Mars
 
Destination: Mars
 
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