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Emily LakdawallaNovember 23, 2011

Mars Exploration Family Portrait

Jason Davis put together this neat summary of the checkered history of Mars exploration. I especially like how he's cut out all the spacecraft, and how the cruise configurations of the landed missions are included in the circle surrounding Mars. For each mission, he's listed the launch dates and a terse summary of the fate of the spacecraft.

Mars Exploration Family Portrait

Jason Davis / astrosaur.us

Mars Exploration Family Portrait

Just for fun, I threw the Mars Exploration Family Portrait on to a poster in our store.

Read more: Mars Global Surveyor, Russian Mars missions, Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner, NASA Mars missions before 1996, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, pretty pictures, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Phoenix, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars, Phobos, Nozomi (Planet-B), Phobos-Grunt and Yinghuo-1

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