Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars

Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars

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As part of NASA's wider Mariner program, Mariner 6 and Mariner 7 completed the first dual mission to Mars in 1969. Closest approach for Mariner 7 occurred at a distance of 3,430 kilometers above the Martian surface. This was less than half of the distance used by Mariner 4 on the previous US Mars flyby mission.

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