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The Mariner Mission to Mars (1965)

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Launch and separation 
  •  Sun acquisition phase 
  •  Canopus acquisition phase 
  •  Midcourse maneuver 
  •  Approach to Mars 
  •  Picture playback 
  •  The Space Flight Operations Facility is located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California 
  •  Mission Control at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston 
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Produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, this partial government film provides a technical overview of the Mariner 4 mission. Conducted with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Mariner program oversaw a series of robotic interplanetary probes to Mars, Venus, and Mercury from 1962 to 1973. Mariner 4 was a flyby mission to Mars, launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on November 28, 1964. After a months-long journey, the spacecraft flew over Mars on July 14 and 15, 1965. This film was produced before Mariner 4 encountered Mars, sometime between March and July. It reviews the spacecraft’s launch, acquisition of solar power, and use of the Canopus star to direct its journey to Mars. The film also explains how technicians process the images that Mariner 4 sends.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.