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The Mariner 6 space craft
1969

America's Mariner 6 and 7 probes complete the first dual mission to Mars. They skirt the equatorial and south polar regions of the planet, taking more than 100 pictures and analysing the Martian atmosphere and surface.

Meanwhile, the Soviet Union attempts to send two more probes to Mars but both are lost on take-off.

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