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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 10. 1965.

Meanwhile …

Meanwhile …

All the time that the Voskhod 2, Gemini and Ranger IX programmes were being carried out, Mariner 4, launched at Cape Kennedy on November 28, 1964, was speeding on its way to Mars. During its 228-day journey the 575lb spacecraft had to transfer from the inside track of earth's orbit to the outer track of Mars's orbit, and finally overhauled the planet, covering 325.1 million miles in all. Then, on July 14, Mariner started transmitting pictures of the Martian surface back across 134 million miles of space.

These increasing miraculous space achievements are stunning compliments to mankind's scientific and technological prowess. While they do not warrant a diminishing concern for finding solutions to the problems besetting people and countries on earth itself, they nevertheless point out the growing ability of human beings to utilize the marvels and power of science for peaceful purposes in the pursuit of a broader and more promising future for all men.