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Mariner 2 probe for observing Venus

Mariner 6 probe (identical to Mariner 7) to observe Mars

The Mariner 10 spacecraft to observe Mercury and Venus

Credit : NASA/JPL

Mariner probes were designed to explore the planets. The most famous were:
- Mariner 2 to Venus in 1963;
- Mariner 4 to Mars in 1967;
- Mariner 5 to Venus in 1967 to analyze the atmosphere;
- Mariner 6 and 7 Mars to analyze the atmosphere in 1969;
- Mariner 9 in orbit around Mars and sent the first detailed images of Phobos and Deimos in 1972;
- Mariner 10 to Mercury and Venus in 1974 and 1975, sending a harvest of images and valuable data.