Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mariner 10 space project 4.4.1975

This impressive stamp commemorates the Mariner 10 space project. Mariner 10 swung within 3,600 miles of Venus in 1974.  Afterward, it made the first near examination ever of Mercury, the smallest planet. The stamp was released on 4.5.1975 at Pasadena, California.
Mariner 10 was an American robotic space probe launched by NASA on November 3, 1973, to fly by the planets Mercury and Venus. Mariner 10 was launched approximately two years after Mariner 9 and was the last spacecraft in the Mariner program (Mariner 11 and 12 were allocated to the Voyager program and redesignated Voyager 1 and Voyager 2).
The mission objectives were to measure Mercury's environment, atmosphere, surface, and body characteristics and to make similar investigations of Venus. Secondary objectives were to perform experiments in the interplanetary medium and to obtain experience with a dual-planet gravity assist mission. Mariner 10's science team was led by Bruce C. Murray at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Thank you Merja.

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