Mariner 10

Mariner 10

Launched november 3, 1973 from Cape Canaveral in United States the Mariner 10 spacecraft was the first spacecraft to visit the innermost planet Mercury. It was also the first spacecraft to use the gravitational pull of one planet to reach another, a great technological achievement. Mariner 10 returned the first-ever close-up images of Venus and Mercur, as it used the gravitational pull from Venus to reach Mercury.

The primary scientific objectives of the Mariner 10 mission were to measure Mercury's environment, atmosphere, surface, and body characteristics and to make similar investigations of Venus.

 

Facts

Launch date: November 3, 1973

Launch site: Cape Canaveral

Launch vehicle: Atlas-Centaur

Spacecraft weight: 473.9 kg