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31/07/1969 Mariner 6 probe makes her closest approach to Mars

The probe passed at the distance of 3 431 kilometres above the Martian surface. The main mission goal was the study of the surface and atmosphere of the red planet, in order to establish the basis for future investigations, particularly those relevant to the search for extra-terrestrial life. Mariner 6 had a sister probe, Mariner 7.


  • Essentials 

  • Mariner 6 and 7 

  • Launch 

  • Spaceflight 

  • Spacecraft and subsystems