By: Makayla Burney
The Mariner 2 was the first space craft that flew by another planet! It was launched on August 27,1962 and it took 3 1/2 months to fly to Venus.
It was the first successful to fly by the planet Mars on November 28,1964. The space craft had returned 21 photos from the planet Mars.
On February 24,1969 Mariner 6 was launched and its goal was to travel to Mars. It had completed its fly by on July 31,1969 and brought back 75 photos.
The Mariner 7 was launched on March 27,1969. It flew by Mars on August 5.1969 and returned 126 photos. Both Mariner 6 and 7 carried computers that could be programmed from the Earth along the mission.
Mariner 8 didn't last because it was lost in a launch vehicle failure. Mariner 8 and 9 were identical space crafts.
This Mariner was launched in May 1971, and returned 54 billion bits of data! That's 27 times the amount of data that has been collected with all of the previous Mariner Missions combined!
Mariner 9 Orbits Mars
Mariner 10 was the first planet to visit Mercury! Mariner 10 was the first to visit two planets in one mission!
The Mariner 10 Mission