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ROSALIND FRANKLIN (ROVER)

Target: Mars  
State: Planned

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Mission

Kind: Lunar science

State: successful

Place: Moon

Operator: OKB-1

Instruments: 1) f/8, 106.4 mm focal length camera, 2) Ultraviolet (0.25–0.35 µm) spectrograph, 3) Ultraviolet (0.19–0.27 µm) spectrophotometer, 4) Infrared (3–4 µm) spectrophotometer, 5) Micrometeoroid detector, 6) Radiation sensors (gas-discharge and scintillation counters),

Date

Start:

Duration: 228 days

Mission Ending

Last Contact: March 3, 1966 (1966-03-04)

Rocket

Rocket: Molniya SL-6/A-2-e

Kind: OKB-1

Manufacturer: OKB-1

Mass: 960 kg (2,120 lb)

Launch Site: Baikonur LC-1/5

Flyby

1º Flyby: Moon

Orbit

Reference System: Heliocentric

Lander

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



Zond 3 was a 1965 space probe which performed a flyby of the Moon's far side, taking a number of quality photographs for its time. It was a member of the Soviet Zond program while also being part of the Mars 3MV project. It was unrelated to Zond spacecraft designed for manned circumlunar missions (Soyuz 7K-L1). It is believed that Zond 3 was initially designed as a companion spacecraft to Zond 2 to be launched to Mars during the 1964 launch window. The opportunity to launch was missed, and the spacecraft was launched on a Mars-crossing trajectory as a spacecraft test, even though Mars was no longer attainable.

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