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. 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.
The Mariner 3 spacecraft
|Mission type||Mars flyby|
|Operator||NASA / JPL|
|Mission duration||Launch failure|
|Manufacturer||Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Launch mass||260.8 kilograms (575 lb)|
|Power||300 watts (at Mars encounter)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||November 5, 1964, 19:22:05UTC|
|Rocket||Atlas LV-3 Agena-D|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral LC-13|
- "Mariner 3". NASA. Retrieved 2011-09-05.