An artist's concept of Mariner 6 and 7 spacecraft series. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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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.
- Imaging system
- Infrared spectrometer
- Infrared radiometer
- Ultraviolet spectrometer
- Conical radiometer