Start searching for the lost Soviet apparatus Mars-6 on Mars

MarsLast spring, Vitaly Yegorov, Russian amateur Astronautics, in cooperation with the users of social network Vkontakte obranuzhil on pictures of the Martian surface lost Soviet lander Mars-3.

Now, Vitaly Yegorov invites everyone to start looking for Soviet research station Mars-6, which was also lost. Automatic interplanetary station Mars-6 was launched into orbit by the rocket “Proton-K” August 5, 1973 at 21:45 MSK. March 12, 1974 lander Mars-6 began to enter the dense layers of the atmosphere.

Primitiveness passed without a glitch: inhibition of the atmosphere the heat shield, parachute disclosure, data transmission to Earth on the orientation, overloads and even the composition of the atmosphere of the Red Planet. However, at the final stage of landing, communication with the machine was broken. At the moment, its exact location is not known. Known only to the intended landing site only. We are able to work together to find the lost station and solve the riddle of forty years ago, – says Egorov.

Finding help us probe the Martian NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is installed on board a high-resolution camera HiRise, able to conduct a survey of the Martian surface with a detailed 25 centimeters per pixel. So, thanks to its imagery was found lost Soviet apparatus Mars-3. Fortunately, MRO spent shooting the planet’s surface, where it can be the landing site of the Soviet apparatus. According Egorova, surface area, which covers these shots is 964.5 square kilometers. Here is can parachute brake shield himself lander Mars-6. But there is no 100% guarantee that the required objects have been on these frames.

If we consider all the fragments, and do not find anything similar, then turn to NASA asking them to dosnyal missing pieces throughout. But even this does not guarantee the success of our quest: if the Soviet ballistics calculations crept error, or they do not take into account any factors, the Mars-6 flew to where no one thought to look. But even this will add information and it will clarify the basis of the circumstances of the landing.

Note information that may assist in finding the device. It is known that the first shot back brake board, which flew on its trajectory. In contrast to the Mars-3 from “Mars-6 ‘parachute brake motor and parachute container is separated. Also, in the case of the successful landing of the foam cover shot back, but we do not know whether there was a successful landing.

Communication with the device was lost after the separation of the probe from the parachute and the brake motor. Consequently, one can only imagine what happened next. And according to the calculations, the separation lander parachute system must have happened at the height of a few meters from the surface. This suggests that Mars-6 should be placed next to a parachute. But it is likely that estimates the distance to the surface there is an error.
… Attachment could disengage prematurely and the probe could just break a fall from a great height. Or conversely, did not have time to disengage, engine brake does not work, and the probe crashed into the surface. In this case, separate shield should only lie – Vitaly adds. And that’s not all the difficulties. Over 40 years of sandstorms could completely fill the parachute. And if that happened, we can not identify the lander, even if his find. Encouragingly, that Mars-3 error when calculating the landing was only 3 kilometers, that 1971 is an impressive result. And parachute Mars-3 is still visible even in our days, which is also in our favor.

However, there are positive points about the planet’s surface. In the case of Mars-3 surface was littered with lots of boulders that complicated searches, as Martian rock could be confused with the unit. In the case of Mars-6, the surface is a bare plain, filled with sand dunes. And so, move on to the search. Vitaly, as a warm, place the reference to fragments of images obtained probe MRO, which you can download and peruse. How planned work Egorov wrote: I recommend to write your comments in which piece who downloaded and viewed.

At the same branch expedient and share findings. Catches If something suspicious or curious, take a screenshot and post a picture in the comments. Signature in select the track number, and the exact location of the found object. Do not insert more than 700 pictures pixels wide. Each fragment is advisable to see a few people, because one person may miss something Mars-3, we searched through VKontakte, but LiveJournal possible authorization from different social networks that significantly expand the audience of searches.

Searches the device Mars-6 – this is a very exciting experience that will help you feel like a real space archaeologist. These searches once again tells us that it is not necessary to be a scientist and work in specialized space structures to be part of the study. Anyone can just click the mouse on the desired link and begin searching. In addition, it will look Mars in stunning quality. S

tudying it to learn more about Mars: Mars consider ancient riverbed rivers meteorite craters left by the fall of celestial bodies; dyunnuyu ripples local deserts, etc. We hope that you take part in this exciting quest. It is possible that it is you, dear reader, will discover a spacecraft in the photographs, and thereby vnesesh his name in the history of space research!

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