[FPSPACE] Folklore

james oberg joberg@houston.rr.com
Thu, 29 Jan 2004 09:03:37 -0600

I agree overall, but I still am reluctant to believe the image from Mars-3
was a real surface view. If it only survived so briefly, how -- at the data
rate that was possible from an omni antenna -- did it get enough pixels back
to Earth? Has this issue been resolved (I seem to recall discussion in it
some time ago, but forget the conclusions)?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Harvey" <brharvey@iol.ie>
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Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 8:44 AM
Subject: [FPSPACE] Folklore

> Not every Soviet mission to Mars was a failure.  Mars 2 was the first to
> reach the surface of the planet, an achievement in its day.  Mars 3 was
> first to soft land there and send a (brief) picture from the surface.  The
> Mars 2 and 3 orbiters returned useful information and pictures for several
> months.  Mars 5 was a successful orbiter, even if the level of pictures
> data returned was low by present standards.  Phobos 2 returned good
> scientific data for several months before it was lost.  While none was a
> complete success, portraying them all as complete failures is neither
> accurate nor fair.
> Brian Harvey
> Dublin, Ireland
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