Time to totally SPACE OUT.
It is another crazy day – rushing to work, running into a meeting, picking up the kids after school, preparing a ‘healthy’ dinner, and hopefully getting to bed at a decent hour before you wake up and have to do it all over again. Often times, we as normal human beings get so caught up in our own lives, we lose sight of the bigger picture and all of the amazing aspects of our world. AND – of our solar system!
Here are a few quick facts about Red Planet Day!
- The Mariner 4 launched on November 28, 1964 and became the first satellite to take the first up close pictures of any planet other other than Earth.
- The first successful flyby of Mars allowed the Mariner 4 to return the first pictures of the Martian surface ever to be seen.
- The satellite did not actually fly by Mars until July 14th and July 15th of 1965. Its closest approach was 9,846 km from the surface on July 15th.
- It took 4 days to transmit the image information to Earth. The Mariner 4 returned useful data until October 1965. The distance from Earth and its antenna orientation restricted the signal to Earth for a period of time. Data acquisition later resumed late in 1967.
- On December 21, 1967, communications with the Mariner 4 were terminated.
Happy Red Planet Day!
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