Mariner 8 (Mariner H)

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An artist's concept of Mariner 8 and 9 spacecraft series. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Mission Summary

Designed to be the first American spacecraft to study the Red Planet from a Martian orbit, Mariner 8 (also called Mariner H) fell victim to a malfunction in the stage's flight-control system shortly after launch.

However, Mariner 9, the second of the pair of spacecraft created under NASA's Mariner Mars 71 project, successfully took on Mariner 8's objective to map 70 percent of the Martian surface.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Infrared radiometer
- Ultraviolet spectrometer
- Infrared interferometer spectrometer


Type: Orbiter
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: May 08, 1971
(21:11 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Mission End Date: May 09, 1971
 
Target: Mars
 
Destination: Mars
 
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