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M-69/522 Mission to Mars

Goals: Like its twin, which was unsuccessfully launched six days earlier, this Soviet spacecraft was intended to orbit Mars.

Accomplishments: None. One of the first-stage engines exploded on launch and the rocket carrying the probe crashed in a fireball 3 km from the launch site.

Key Dates
2 Apr 1969:  Launch
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
M-69/522 Facts Second of a new generation of Soviet probes intended to orbit Mars.

This mission was identical to the unsuccessful Mars mission launched in March.

An engine explosion sent the rocket veering off course. It crashed into the ground.
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