Mariner 3

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Mariner 3
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The Mariner 3 spacecraft
Mission typeMars flyby
OperatorNASA / JPL
COSPAR ID1964-073A
SATCAT no.923
Mission durationLaunch failure
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerJet Propulsion Laboratory
Launch mass260.8 kilograms (575 lb)
Power300 watts (at Mars encounter)
Start of mission
Launch dateNovember 5, 1964, 19:22:05 (1964-11-05UTC19:22:05Z) UTC
RocketAtlas LV-3 Agena-D
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-13
Orbital parameters
Reference systemHeliocentric

Mariner 3 was a NASA spacecraft. It was the third spacecraft in the Mariner program. It was designed to take photos of the planet Mars after an eight month journey studying interplanetary (between planet) space.[1] However, the spacecraft lost power eight hours after launch, and it never achieved the correct Mars trajectory. It eventually entered a heliocentric (Sun-centred) orbit.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mariner 3". NASA. Retrieved 2011-09-05.

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