Soviets Propose Relay Role for Mars Observer Mission
in this painting by Michael Carroll. The white balloon would remain inflated at all times, and the dark balloon (lower) would be inflated by the Sun to lift instruments off the surface. Washington—The Soviet Union has proposed that the U. S. Mars Observer, set for launch toward Martian orbit in 1992, be modified to act as a relay satellite for transmission of Martian images to Earth taken by two Soviet/French balloon spacecraft floating low over the planet.
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