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Pioneer 6
Pioneer 6 Mission to Our Solar System

Goals: Pioneer 6 was the first in a series of solar orbiters designed to measure, from widely separated points in space on a continuing basis, interplanetary phenomena such as the Sun's magnetic field, the solar wind, and solar and galactic cosmic rays.

Accomplishments: Pioneers 6, 7, 8, and 9 formed a ring of solar-weather stations, spaced approximately along Earth's orbit, whose measurements were used to predict solar storms. Pioneer 6 returned the first data on the Sun's atmosphere and recorded passage of Comet Kohoutek's tail.


Key Dates
16 Dec 1965:  Launch
8 Dec 2000:  Final Contact
Status: Successful
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Pioneer 6 Facts Pioneer 6 returned the first data on the Sun's atmosphere.

The data served more than 1,000 agencies and companies ranging from the Federal Aviation Administration to private utilities.

Marked a longevity milestone when when Goldstone locked onto its signal for about 2 hours on 8 December 2000 to commemorate its 35th anniversary.
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