Mariner 1

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Mariner 1
Atlas Agena with Mariner 1.jpg
Launch of Mariner 1
Mission typeVenus flyby
OperatorNASA / JPL
Mission duration4 minutes, 53 seconds
Failed to orbit
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeMariner[source?]
based on Ranger Block I
ManufacturerJet Propulsion Laboratory
Launch mass202.8 kilograms (447 lb)
Power220 watts (at Venus encounter)
Start of mission
Launch dateJuly 22, 1962, 09:21:23 (1962-07-22UTC09:21:23Z) UTC
RocketAtlas LV-3 Agena-B
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-12

Mariner 1 was a NASA spacecraft. It was the first spacecraft in the Mariner program. Mariner 1 was planned to do a Venus fly-by. However, it was destroyed by the Range Safety Officer 293 seconds after launch. It was destroyed because the rocket moved off course and was a safety risk. Mariner 1 was followed by Mariner 2.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • "Mariner 1". NASA. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  • "Mariner 1". NASA. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  • "Mariner 1-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  • "Venus Shot Fails as Rocket Strays". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  • "Mariner 1". Universe Today. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  • "Mariners 1 & 2". ThinkQuest. Retrieved 2011-08-22.[dead link]
  • "Mariner I -- no holds BARred". The Risks Digest. Retrieved 2011-08-23.