This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 09 November 2007
02:15 pm ET













Nov. 6



1965:

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.


1966:

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



1958:

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


1962:

NASA selects Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp.




to build the lunar lander for the Apollo missions.




Nov. 8





1955:

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




intermediate-range ballistic missiles Jupiter and Thor




.




1984:

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



1967:

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




2005:

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




Nov. 11





1966:

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.