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Did Mariner 10 take pictures of Mercury?

Did Mariner 10 take pictures of Mercury?

The Mariner 10 spacecraft was launched in 1974. The spacecraft took images of Venus in February 1974 on the way to three encounters with Mercury in March and September 1974 and March 1975. The spacecraft took more than 7,000 images of Mercury, Venus, the Earth and the Moon during its mission.

What did Mariner 10 find out about Mercury?

Scientists believed that Mercury’s magnetic field came from within the planet rather than being generated through the planet’s interaction with the solar wind. Mariner 10 detected a faint helium atmosphere around the solar system’s innermost planet.

How long did it take for Mariner 10 to get to Mercury?

It was the first spacecraft to perform flybys of multiple planets. Mariner 10 was launched approximately two years after Mariner 9 and was the last spacecraft in the Mariner program….Mariner 10.

Spacecraft properties
Closest approach 29 March 1974
Distance 704 kilometers (437 mi)
Flyby of Mercury
Closest approach 21 September 1974

Who made Mariner 10?

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mariner 10/Manufacturers

What was the purpose of Mariner 10?

The primary goal of the Mariner 10 was to study the atmosphere (if any), surface and physical characteristics of Mercury. Soon after leaving Earth orbit, the spacecraft returned striking photos of both Earth and the Moon as it sped to its first destination, Venus.

How much did the Mariner 10 cost?

554 million USD
Mariner 10/Cost

Was the Mariner 10 successful?

The mission of Mariner 10 was a great success and unique in many ways. It was the first spacecraft to use gravity assist to visit more than one planet, a technique now used regularly to visit multiple bodies in the solar system.

What did Mariner 10 accomplish?

Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft sent to the planet Mercury; the first mission to explore two planets (Mercury and Venus) during a single mission; the first to use a gravity assist to change its flight path; the first to return to its target after an initial encounter; and the first to use the solar wind as a major …