Mars Observer

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Mars Observer was a space probe launched by NASA on September 25, 1992, to study the Martian surface, atmosphere, climate and magnetic field. During the interplanetary cruise phase, communication with the spacecraft was lost on August 21, 1993, three days prior to orbital insertion. Attempts to re-establish communication with the spacecraft were unsuccessful.

Mars Observer before launch, 1992

Launch of the Mars Observer, September 25, 1992

Mars photographed by the Mars Observer, about 1 month before the loss of contact with Earth.

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