Mariner 3

Mariner 3

Courtesy of NASA

http://nasascience.nasa.gov/missions/mariner-missions



Overview
Mariner 3 launched on its flyby mission to Mars, but about 8 hours into the flight, the vehicle lost all power and its batteries never recharged. The spacecraft was lost and the mission was unsuccessful. 


Launch
November 5, 1964


Arrival
Did not arrive


End of Mission
November 6, 1964


Goals
Mars flyby. Make scientific measurements in the vicinity of Mars and obtain photographs of the planet's surface and transmit these to Earth.


Findings
No findings. Spacecraft lost power 9 hours after launch and went into solar orbit.