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Zond 3.
Category. Statistic.
Launch vehicle. SL-6/A-2-e.
Launch date. July 18, 1965 at 14:38:00 UTC.
Launch site. The Mars 3MV-4A class space probe was launched from a Tyazheliy Sputnik (65-056B) earth orbiting satellite platform towards the Moon and interplanetary space. Tyazheliy Sputnik (65-056B) from Baikonur (?) in the USSR.
Ceased operations. Some time shortly after July 20, 1965.
Owner(s). The Soviet government.
Major contractor(s) . OKB-1.
Is it still in orbit. Travelling for ever into deep space, but irrevocably breakdown some time shortly after July 20, 1965.
Launch mass. 960 kg.
Nationality(s). Soviet.
Satellite type. Planetary science.
Links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zond_3 and http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1965-056A

Zond 3 was an esxperimental space probe sent toward Mars as a spacecraft test. It had imaging equipment, a magnetometer, a f/106 mm camera, a TV system a high quality UV/IR video camora, ultraviolet (0.25 to 0.35 micrometre and 0.19 to 0.27 micrometre) spectrographs, infrared (3 to 4 micrometre) spectrographs, radiation sensors (gas-discharge and scintillation counters), a radiotelescope, a micrometeoroid instrument and a experimental ion drive engine. It passed and photographed the moon for a few hours on July 20, 1965.

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