Latest Mariner 4 Stories
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft arrived at the Red Planet on Sept. 21, it marked the continuation of exploration of one of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbors that began 50 years ago.
NASA says the spacecraft New Horizons is only one year away from Pluto, slated to make an historic flyby on July 14, 2015 and give Earthlings never before seen images of the distant world.
The seven-month upgrade to the historic "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, California has been completed.
Like a hard-driving athlete whose joints need help, the giant "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, California has begun major, delicate surgery.
Mariner 4 was cruising the dark emptiness between Earth and Mars. Having shot past Mars in 1965 without enough fuel to turn around and go back, there was nothing else to do. All was quiet. Fuel was running low. That's when the meteor storm hit.
"That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." That famous communique from Apollo 11 during the historic first-ever moon walk was brought to you by the 64-meter antenna at NASA's Deep Space Network in Goldstone, Calif.