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ROSALIND FRANKLIN (ROVER)

Target: Mars  
State: Planned

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Mission

Kind: Space physics

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA

Date

Start:

Duration: 2,167 days

Mission Ending

Disposal: Deactivated

Deactivated: June 24, 1973 (1973-06-25)

Rocket

Rocket: Delta E1

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: Langley Research Center

Mass: 104.3 kilograms (230 lb)

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral LC-17B

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

Reference System: Selenocentric

1º Orbit: Lunar

Lander

"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Explorer 35 (IMP-E, AIMP 2, Anchored IMP 2, Interplanetary Monitoring Platform-E) was a spin-stabilized spacecraft instrumented for interplanetary studies, at lunar distances, of the interplanetary plasma, magnetic field, energetic particles, and solar X rays. It was launched into an elliptical lunar orbit. The spin axis direction was nearly perpendicular to the ecliptic plane, and the spin rate was 25.6 rpm. Mission objectives were achieved. After successful operation for 6 years, the spacecraft was turned off on June 24, 1973.

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