How many astronauts have stood on Mars?


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As of June of 2014, no astronauts have walked on the surface of the planet Mars. All of the space missions to Mars have been carried out by unmanned spacecraft.

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The first successful unmanned mission to Mars was with the Mariner 4 spacecraft. It was launched on Nov. 28, 1964. It reached Mars on July 14, 1965, returning photographs of the planet. This was a passing flight, meaning that the craft did not actually land on the Mars; it just flew close enough to capture photographs of the terrain. On Aug. 6, 2012, a robotic space probe landed on the surface of Mars.

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