Mars Global Surveyor Full Mission Timeline

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Spacecraft Event Time. UTC/GMT Times.



Time (UTC/GMT+0)Event
1996-11-07  17:00:00Launch from Cape Canaveral
1997-09-12  01:30Mars Orbit Insertion. First spacecraft to use aero-braking to achieve its final orbit.
1999-04-01Start of primary mapping phase
2001-02-01Start of first extended mission
2002-02-01Start of second extended mission
2003-01-01Start of data relay mission
2004-03-30Photographs Spirit and its wheeltracks
2004-12-01Start of science and mission support phase
2005-04Becomes first spacecraft to photograph another spacecraft (Mars Odyssey and Mars Express) outside the orbit of Earth
2006-10-01Start of further 2 year mission extension
2006-11-02Contact to spacecraft lost due to solar panel failure.
2006-11-05Very weak signals received. Spacecraft alive but uncontrolable
2006-11-21Mission declared dead
2006-12-06Images released indicate that water must have flown on Mars between 1999 and 2001
2007-04-13Preliminary report on loss of signal causes. Link.