The Mariner Missions. Mariner 4 was the first spacecraft to obtain and transmit close range images of Mars. After its launch on November 28, 1964 and a journey of hundreds of millions of kilometers, Mariner 4 passed within 9844 kilometers of Mars on July 14, 1965.
In this regard, what was the first mission that took close up pictures of Mars?
what did Mariner 4 photos reveal? Mariner 4 was the first spacecraft to fly by Mars, and the first to return close-up images of the Red Planet. Its blurry views of craters and bare ground led some scientists to think that Mars is similar to the moon. It squashed some views that Mars was a haven for life.
Likewise, people ask, how long did it take Mariner 4 to get to Mars?
When did Mariner 4 return?
NASA launched Mariner 3, also intended for Mars, four weeks before Mariner 4 but it failed to separate from the Atlas-Agena rocket that boosted it into space. Mariner 4 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on November 28, 1964.