Nozomi (のぞみ) is the name of the a Japanese spacecraft which was sent toward Mars.
The launch was a project of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the University of Tokyo.
The spacecraft was launched on July 3, 1998.
Nozumi was planned as a Mars-orbiting probe. The mission was not successful because of electrical failures.
The Nozumi probe project was ended on December 31, 2003.
Nozomi carried scientific instruments from Japan, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the United States. including the European Space Agency, NASA and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics.
Canada provided a thermal plasma analyser. This was the Canadian Space Agency's first participation in an interplanetary mission.
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The Nozomi was launched on 3 July 1998.
This image of the Earth and Moon was the first picture taken by the Nozomi camera.