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Space History Photo: Mariner 1 Launch

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The Mariner 1 Launch on July 22, 1962. (Image credit: NASA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, an Atlas-Agena 5 carrying the Mariner 1 spacecraft lifting off on July 22, 1962, from Cape Kennedy Launch Complex 12. The Mariner spacecraft is scheduled to orbit Venus.

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