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1M/1 Mission to Mars

Goals: This small probe was designed to fly past Mars and study radiation and the ultraviolet spectrum in interplanetary space. Instruments to photograph and search for signs of organic life on Mars were removed shortly before launch due to weight constraints.

Accomplishments: None. Virbations caused a guidance system malfunction and the spacecraft burned up in Earth's atmosphere without reaching orbit.

Key Dates
10 Oct 1960:  Launch (14:27:49 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
1M/1 Facts This was humanity's first attempt to send a spacecraft to Mars.

The Mars flyby was planned for 13 May 1961, but the spacecraft never reached Earth orbit.

The Soviet Union did not give this mission a name because it was unsuccessful.
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