[FPSPACE] ExoMars - the Russian Curse

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Fri Oct 21 12:18:13 EDT 2016

I would say that the Soviet probe Mars 5 was the closest to a complete mission success that they had.


NASA - NSSDCA - Spacecraft - Details<http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1973-049A>
Description. Mars 4, 5, 6, and 7 comprised an associated group of Soviet spacecraft launched towards Mars in July and August of 1973. The Mars 5 automatic station was ...

If the Mars 3 lander had transmitted for more than 20 seconds (has it finally been determined that it was a bad communications relay between the lander and orbiter and not the global dust storm?) and deployed its little tethered rover, that mission would not be the special asterisk it has historically become. Would a successful Soviet landing have affected the Viking mission in any substantial way?


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the Europeans forgot that the Russians are cursed
by the Red Planet

if it weren't for bad luck the Soviets would have had
no luck at all with Mars missions, and Russia has not
had a better track record

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