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Mariner 9


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Mariner 9
   was   
The First Mars Orbiter
A NASA space probe orbiter that helped in the exploration of Mars. Mariner 9 was launched toward Mars on May 30, 1971 and reached the planet on Nov. 13, 1971, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet narrowly beating Soviet Mars 2 & Mars 3, which both arrived within a month. After months of dust-storms it managed to send back surprisingly clear pictures of the surface.






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