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1M/2 Mission to Mars

Goals: This small probe was designed to fly past Mars and study radiation and the ultraviolet spectrum in interplanetary space.

Accomplishments: None. Like its predecessor, launched only four days earlier, a malfunction minutes after launch prevented it from reaching Earth orbit. It burned up in Earth's atmosphere over eastern Siberia.

Key Dates
14 Oct 1960:  Launch (13:51:03 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
1M/2 Facts This was the Soviet Union's second attempt to reach Mars in less than a week.

It was the final Soviet interplanetary launch of 1960.

Only one of the seven interplanetary spacecraft launched in 1960 was successful (America's Pioneer 5).
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