By James CollinsNASA’s Marlin spacecraft has reached the end of its journey, and it’s getting ready to begin its next phase.NASA and its European partners have spent years developing the Mariner probe, and NASA has been pushing ahead with a series of new missions.
The Mariner mission is currently at the forefront of the agency’s quest to send humans to Mars.
The Mariner was launched on Nov. 2, 1971, by the United States’ Saturn V rocket and carried the first two crewed mission to Mars, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
The second mission, the Mars Pathfinder mission, took astronauts to the Red Planet on Aug. 31, 2020.
The first mission was a success, with astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong completing the first ascent of the Red Rover and landing on the surface of the Martian surface.NASA hopes to continue to develop the spacecraft, which was launched in the early 1980s as a replacement for the Apollo lunar lander, and has now become the most advanced space craft ever.
The spacecraft’s mission will be extended until 2028.
The current Mariner lander will stay on the Red Mars orbit for about 20 years.
While the Marlin probe has taken many of the best data from the Red Martian surface, it has not been able to fully study the Martian atmosphere and atmosphere characteristics, the NASA mission planners said.
The team plans to launch a second Mariner, Mariner-X, in 2023.
The mission is designed to search for evidence of life on Mars.
The next mission, planned for 2025, is designed for a longer term search for signs of ancient microbial life.
Mariner-C is a long-term mission that will explore Mars using a robotic arm that will measure the thickness of the atmosphere and determine if any water ice has formed in the past, the mission team said.
Marlin-E will explore the Marasas basin, the Martian equatorial region and the region around the Red planet.
The probe is scheduled to land in 2021 on the Martian lander called Spirit.