Mariner Mark II and the Exploration of the Solar System

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Science  04 Feb 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4584, pp. 443-449
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4584.443


Mariner Mark II is a concept for the next generatioon of deep-space missions. The project would provide limited, focused sets of Voyager- and Galileo-quality planetary observations at a fraction of the cost of the Voyager and Galileo projects. This article discusses Mariner Mark II's cost goals, scientific objectives, and mission requirements. Strategies for limiting costs include the use of a reconfigurable spacecraft, a multimission ground-support system, and selected new technologies.