• Short Summary

    Scientists are racing the clock in hopes of getting a Mariner spacecraft off on a picture-taking mission to Mars.

  • Description

    Scientists are racing the clock in hopes of getting a Mariner spacecraft off on a picture-taking mission to Mars.

    A launch attempt Friday (27 November) got to the countdown stage before mechanical troubles forced postponement.

    The film shows the launch last 5 November of the first Mars probe, which failed, and animation showing how the second probe will work, if successful, together with ground shots of tracking equipment.

    The deadline for rocketing a probe to Mars this year is 9 December. If the launch is not made by that time, the planet will not be in the right position for 25 months.

    The first Mars shot failed shortly after launch when the nose covered did not jettison as planned. A new type of cover, made of metal instead of fiberglass, was hurriedly constructed for the second launch.

    If successful, the Mariner spacecraft will swoop within 10,000 miles of Mars next July. It is designed to snap 22 pictures during its brief glimpse of the red planet and make other important measurements, which it will transmit back to earth tracking stations.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5MIYS8H6AEJSHCAN65HY2S5GC
    Media URN:
    VLVA5MIYS8H6AEJSHCAN65HY2S5GC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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