Nov. 6


NASA launches the Surveyor 6 lunar lander

aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. It is the fourth in the lander series to

touch down successfully on the Moon.


NASA launches the Lunar Orbiter 2 aboard an Atlas-Agena D rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Its primary mission was to photograph and verify potential landing sites for the Apollo and Surveyor missions.

Nov. 7


NASA holds a conference to take bids from contractors on the Mercury project.


NASA selects Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp.

to build the lunar lander for the Apollo missions.

Nov. 8


The United States begins its military ballistic missile program with the approval of the

intermediate-range ballistic missiles Jupiter and Thor



The Space Shuttle Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. During the STS-51A mission, the crew released

a U.S. defense communications satellite, Syncom 4-1, and a Canadian communications satellite, Telesat H. The crew also made the first satellite recovery, when they retrieved Palapa-B2 and Westar-6 and brought them aboard the shuttle to return to Earth for repairs.

Nov. 9


NASA test launches the unmanned Apollo 4 capsule aboard a Saturn-5 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.


The European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter launches aboard a Russian Soyuz-Fregat from the BaikonurCosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Nov. 11


NASA launches the Gemini 12 orbiter aboard a Titan-2 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Crewmembers James Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin performed a 5-hour spacewalk but were unable to dock as planned with a Gemini Agena target vehicle because the

target vehicle

was not in the proper orbit.