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Launch of the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. MGS was launched on November 7, 1996. MGS arrived at Mars on September 11, 1997.
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Instruments of the Mars Global Surveyor Mission

It has been more than 30 years since America's first missions to Mars. Here are some of the instruments carried by the Mars Global Surveyor (called MGS for short). These instruments are designed to study the weather and surface of Mars:
  • A camera.
  • An instrument to measure the heights of things.
  • An instrument to measure the warmth of the surface of Mars.
    • This instrument will also make maps of minerals found on the surface.
  • An instrument to study the magnetic properties of Mars.

Last modified May 10, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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