Mariner 5

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An artist's concept of the Mariner 5 spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Mission Summary

Originally built as a backup to the Mariner 4 spacecraft, which successfully journeyed to Mars in 1965, Mariner 5 was modified to fly by Venus and collect data on the planet's atmosphere, radiation and magnetic field.

The spacecraft's flight path following its Venus encounter brought it closer to the sun than any previous mission.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Two-frequency beacon receiver
- Interplanetary ion plasma probe
- Trapped radiation detector
- Helium magnetometer
- Ultraviolet photometer


Type: Flyby
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: June 14, 1967
(6:01 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Mission End Date: December 04, 1967
 
Target: Venus
 
Destination: Venus
 
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