25 Sep '16, 2pm

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory, NASA’s Mars Observer probe launched: https://t.co/F6InHmmBgH

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory, NASA’s Mars Observer probe launched: https://t.co/F6InHmmBgH

The Mars Observer spacecraft, also known as the Mars Geoscience/Climatology Orbiter, was launched by NASA on September 25, 1992, only to experience systems failure 11 months into its mission. The 1,018-kilogram robotic space probe was originally expected to launch in 1990 but was delayed due to a backlog of previously set missions and budget restrictions. After some design changes and cost reductions were made, the spacecraft was based on previous satellite designs originally intended and developed to orbit Earth. Meant to study the planet’s surface, atmosphere, climate, and magnetic field, the Mars Observer had been scheduled for an orbital insertion maneuver on August 24, 1993, but contact with the probe was lost just three days before that. Although new commands were sent every 20 minutes in the hopes that the spacecraft had drifted off course, contact with the Mars Obs...

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