1969 Mariner 6 captures Mars
1969 Press Photo Transportation Nasa Pasadena Ca Mars Mariner 6 Earth Frame 8X8. In July 1969 the American robot Mariner-6 was the first to bring the planet Mars in reasonably sharp focus. This NASA photo is among the 74 recordings this Explorer made during its passing of the Red Planet. A local investor bought out the photo archives from several US newspapers and this is the the original press photos which have been sitting in drawers, folders and boxes at the newspapers' offices for decades.