Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tonight's Sky for November 7: Mars Global Surveyor Launched (1996)

It was on this date in 1996 that NASA launched its Mars Global Surveyor mission. Among the first in a new wave of missions to Mars that continues to this day, Mars Global Surveyor was a global mapping mission with further focus on studying the atmospheric/surface composition, Martian weather, magnetic field, and scouting out landing sites for surface missions. In what is now becoming a trend for NASA Mars missions, Global Surveyor far outlived its 4-year primary mission, operating an additional 5 years until NASA lost contact with the craft in November, 2006. 

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