List of missions to Mars
Mars and its moons have been a target for many spacecraft, with flyby, orbiter, lander and rover missions visiting the planet. In addition, two spacecraft, Rosetta and Dawn, have made flybys to get gravity assists for other missions; the former en route to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and the latter en route to asteroid 4 Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Three missions were dedicated to Phobos, but they did not achieve their targets
|Spacecraft||Launch Date||Operator||Mission||Outcome||Remarks||Carrier rocket|
|1M No.1||10 October 1960||OKB-1
|Flyby||0Launch failure||Failed to orbit||Molniya|
|1M No.2||14 October 1960||OKB-1
|Flyby||0Launch failure||Failed to orbit||Molniya|
|2MV-4 No.1||24 October 1962||Soviet Union||Flyby||0Launch failure||Booster stage ("Block L") disintegrated in LEO||Molniya|
|1 November 1962||Soviet Union||Flyby||1Spacecraft failure||Communications lost before flyby||Molniya|
|2MV-3 No.1||4 November 1962||Soviet Union||Lander||0Launch failure||Never left LEO||Molniya|
|Mariner 3||5 November 1964||NASA
|Flyby||0Launch failure||Payload fairing failed to separate||Atlas LV-3 Agena-D|
|Mariner 4||28 November 1964||NASA
|Flyby||4Successful||Closest approach at 01:00:57 UTC on 15 July 1965||Atlas LV-3 Agena-D|
|30 November 1964||Soviet Union||Flyby||1Spacecraft failure||Communications lost before flyby||Molniya|
|Mariner 6||25 February 1969||NASA
|Flyby||4Successful||Atlas SLV-3C Centaur-D|
|2M No.521||27 March 1969||Soviet Union||Orbiter||0Launch failure||Failed to orbit||Proton-K/D|
|Mariner 7||27 March 1969||NASA
|Flyby||4Successful||Atlas SLV-3C Centaur-D|
|2M No.522||2 April 1969||Soviet Union||Orbiter||0Launch failure||Failed to orbit||Proton-K/D|
|Mariner 8||9 May 1971||NASA
|Orbiter||0Launch failure||Failed to orbit||Atlas SLV-3C Centaur-D|
|10 May 1971||Soviet Union||Orbiter||0Launch failure||Never left LEO; booster stage burn timer set incorrectly||Proton-K/D|
|19 May 1971||Soviet Union||Orbiter||3Mostly successful||Entered orbit 27 November 1971, operated for 362 orbits. Mapping operations unsuccessful due to dust storms on the surface||Proton-K/D|
|Mars 2 lander
(SA 4M No.171)
|19 May 1971||Soviet Union||Lander||1Spacecraft failure||Deployed from Mars 2, failed to land during attempt on 27 November 1971||Proton-K/D|
|28 May 1971||Soviet Union||Orbiter||3Mostly successful||Entered orbit 2 December 1971, operated for 20 orbits. Mapping operations unsuccessful due to dust storms on the surface||Proton-K/D|
|Mars 3 lander
(SA 4M No.172)
|28 May 1971||Soviet Union||Lander||2Partial failure||Deployed from Mars 3; landed at 13:52 UTC on 2 December 1971; contact lost 14.5 seconds after transmission start||Proton-K/D|
|Prop-M Rover rover
(SA 4M No.172)
|28 May 1971||Soviet Union||Rover||1Spacecraft failure||Failed to deploy||Proton-K/D|
|Mariner 9||30 May 1971||NASA
|Orbiter||4Successful||Entered orbit on 14 November 1971, deactivated 516 days after entering orbit||Atlas SLV-3C Centaur-D|
|21 July 1973||Soviet Union||Orbiter||1Spacecraft failure||Failed to perform orbital insertion burn||Proton-K/D|
|25 July 1973||Soviet Union||Orbiter||2Partial failure||Failed after 9 days in Mars orbit; returned 180 frames||Proton-K/D|
|5 August 1973||Soviet Union||Lander
|1Spacecraft failure||Contact lost upon landing, atmospheric data mostly unreadable. Flyby bus collected data.||Proton-K/D|
|9 August 1973||Soviet Union||Lander
|1Spacecraft failure||Separated from coast stage prematurely, failed to enter Martian atmosphere||Proton-K/D|
|Viking 1 orbiter||20 August 1975||NASA
|Orbiter||4Successful||Operated for 1385 orbits||Titan IIIE Centaur-D1T|
|Viking 1 lander||20 August 1975||NASA
|Lander||4Successful||Deployed from Viking 1 orbiter, operated for 2245 sols||Titan IIIE Centaur-D1T|
|Viking 2 orbiter||9 September 1975||NASA
|Orbiter||4Successful||Operated for 700 orbits||Titan IIIE Centaur-D1T|
|Viking 2 lander||9 September 1975||NASA
|Lander||4Successful||Deployed from Viking 2 orbiter, operated for 1281 sols||Titan IIIE Centaur-D1T|
|7 July 1988||Soviet Union||Orbiter
|1Spacecraft failure||Communications lost before reaching Mars; failed to enter orbit||Proton-K/D-2|
|12 July 1988||Soviet Union||Orbiter
|2Partial failure||Orbital observations successful, communications lost before landing||Proton-K/D-2|
|Mars Observer||25 September 1992||NASA
|Orbiter||1Spacecraft failure||Lost communications before orbital insertion||Commercial Titan III|
|Mars Global Surveyor||7 November 1996||NASA
|Orbiter||4Successful||Operated for seven years||Delta II 7925|
|16 November 1996||Rosaviakosmos
|0Launch failure||Never left LEO||Proton-K/D-2|
|Mars Pathfinder||4 December 1996||NASA
|Lander||4Successful||Landed at 19.13°N 33.22°W on 4 July 1997||Delta II 7925|
|Sojourner||4 December 1996||NASA
|Rover||4Successful||Operated for 84 days||Delta II 7925|
|3 July 1998||ISAS
|Orbiter||1Spacecraft failure||Ran out of fuel before reaching Mars||M-V|
|Mars Climate Orbiter||11 December 1998||NASA
|Orbiter||1Spacecraft failure||Approached Mars too closely during orbit insertion attempt due to unit conversion error and burned up in the atmosphere||Delta II 7425|
|Mars Polar Lander||3 January 1999||NASA
|Lander||1Spacecraft failure||Failed to land||Delta II 7425|
|Deep Space 2||3 January 1999||NASA
|Penetrator||1Spacecraft failure||Deployed from MPL, no data returned||Delta II 7425|
|Mars Odyssey||7 April 2001||NASA
|Orbiter||5Operational||Expected to remain operational until 2025.||Delta II 7925|
|Mars Express||2 June 2003||ESA
|Orbiter||5Operational||Enough fuel to remain operational until 2026.||Soyuz-FG/Fregat|
|Beagle 2||2 June 2003||ESA
|Lander||1Lander failure||Deployed from Mars Express. Successful landing, but two solar panels failed to deploy, obstructing its communications.||Soyuz-FG/Fregat|
|10 June 2003||NASA
|Lander/RoverRover||4Successful||operated for 2208 sols||Delta II 7925|
|8 July 2003||NASA
|Lander/RoverRover||5Operational||Delta II 7925H|
|Rosetta||2 March 2004||ESA
|Gravity assist||4Successful||Flyby in February 2007 en route to 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko||Ariane 5G+|
|Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter||12 August 2005||NASA
|Orbiter||5Operational||Atlas V 401|
|Phoenix||4 August 2007||NASA
|Lander||4Successful||Delta II 7925|
|Dawn||27 September 2007||NASA
|Gravity assist||4Successful||Flyby in February 2009 en route to 4 Vesta and Ceres||Delta II 7925H|
|Fobos-Grunt||8 November 2011||Roskosmos
|1Spacecraft failure||Never left LEO (intended to depart under own power)||Zenit-2M|
|Yinghuo-1||8 November 2011||CNSA
Lost with Fobos-Grunt
|To have been deployed by Fobos-Grunt||Zenit-2M|
(Mars Science Laboratory)
|26 November 2011||NASA
|Lander/RoverRover||5Operational||Atlas V 541|
|Mars Orbiter Mission
|5 November 2013||ISRO
|Orbiter||5Operational||Entered Mars orbit on 24 September 2014. Mission extended till 2020.||PSLV-XL|
|MAVEN||18 November 2013||NASA
|Orbiter||5Operational||Orbit insertion on September 22, 2014||Atlas V 401|
|ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter||14 March 2016||ESA/Roscosmos
|Schiaparelli EDM lander||14 March 2016||ESA
|Lander||1Partial failure||Carried by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. Lander crashed, but test declared successful.||Proton-M/Briz-M|
Locations of selected Mars landers and rovers
There is a number of derelict orbiters around Mars whose location is not known precisely;there is a proposal to search for small moons, dust rings, and old orbiters with the Optical Navigation Camera on Mars Recon. Orbiter. There should be 8 derelict Mars orbiters barring unforeseen events if they have not decayed as of 2016. One example is Mariner 9, which entered Mars orbit in 1971 and is expected to remain in orbit until approximately 2022, when the spacecraft is projected to enter the Martian atmosphere and either burn up or crash into the planet's surface. The Viking 1 orbiter is predicted not to decay until at least 2019. One orbiter that is confirmed to have undergone Mars atmospheric entry is Mars Climate Orbiter
(see also List of Mars orbiters)
|Mission||Launch||Notes||Country or Space Agency|
|InSight||May 5, 2018||Lander||NASA, USA|
|Red Dragon||2020||Lander||SpaceX, USA|
|Emirates Mars Mission||July 2020||Orbiter||MBRSC, UAE|
|Mars 2020||July 2020||Rover||NASA, USA|
|ExoMars 2020||July 2020||Lander, Rover||ESA/ASE, EU|
|2020 Chinese Mars Mission||July/August 2020||Orbiter, lander, rover||CNSA, PRC|
|NICT Mars mission||July 2020||Orbiter||NICT, ISSL, Japan|
Optional: lander, rover.
|Mission||Launch||Notes||Country or Space Agency|
|NASA 2022 orbiter||2022||Telecomm orbiter||NASA, USA|
|2024||Crewed mission to Mars||SpaceX, USA|
|Mars One||2026||Orbiter, lander, rover, Human Colony||Mars One, USA|
|2030||Sample return phase of the Chinese Mars exploration program||CNSA, PRC|
|2036||Crewed phase of the Chinese Mars exploration program||CNSA, PRC|
|2040–45||Crewed phase of the Russian Mars exploration program||Роскосмос (Roscosmos), Russian Federation|
|Mars to Stay||Settlement||United States|
Missions to the moons of Mars
Missions dedicated to explore the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. Many missions to Mars have also included dedicated observations of the Moons, while this section is about missions focused solely on them. There have been three unsuccessful dedicated missions and many proposals. Because of the proximity of the Mars moons to Mars, any mission to them may also be considered a mission to Mars from some perspectives.
There have been at least three proposals in the United States Discovery Program, including PADME, PANDORA, and MERLIN. The ESA has also considered a sample return mission, one of the latest known as Martian Moon Sample Return or MMSR, and it may use heritage from an asteroid sample return mission.
In Japan, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) is assessing a sample return mission to Phobos. This mission is called MMX (Martian Moons Explorer) and is proposed as a flagship Strategic Large Mission. If funded, MMX will build on the expertise the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) would gain through the Hayabusa 2 and SLIM missions. As of January 2016, MMX is under review by JAXA, and is proposed to be launched in 2022.
|Aladdin||Phobos and Deimos|||
|Hall||Phobos and Deimos|||
|M-PADS||Phobos and Deimos|||
|Merlin||Phobos and Deimos|||
|MMSR (2011 ver.)||Phobos or Deimos|||
|OSRIS-REx 2||Phobos or Deimos|||
|Pandora||Phobos and Deimos|||
|PADME||Phobos and Deimos|||
|Martian Moons Explorer (MMX)||Phobos|||
Three missions to land on Phobos have been launched; the Phobos program in the late 1980s saw the launch of Fobos 1 and Fobos 2, while the Fobos-Grunt sample return mission was launched in 2011. None of these missions were successful: Fobos 1 failed en route to Mars, Fobos 2 failed shortly before landing, and Fobos-Grunt never left low Earth orbit.
Missions sent to the Martian system have returned data on Phobos and Deimos and missions specifically dedicated to the moons are a subset of missions Mars that often include dedicated goals to acquire data about these moons. An example of this is the imaging campaigns by Mars Express of the Mars moons.
Osiris-Rex 2 was a proposal to make OR a double mission, with the other one collecting samples from the two Mars moons. In 2012, it was stated that this mission would be the both quickest and least expensive way to get samples from the Moons.
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