Feb. 25


NASA launches its Mariner 6 spacecraft on an Atlas/Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The probe


Mars as it flew by the red planet.

Its twin Mariner 7 was launched a month later.

Feb. 26


NASA’s communications satellite Relay 2, which launched January 1964 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., sends out the first visual telecast via a communications satellite. The satellite


the championship boxing match between heavyweight champion Sonny Liston and challenger Cassius Clay



NASA performs an unmanned suborbital

test flight of the Saturn 1B rocket carrying

an Apollo capsule from Cape Canaveral, Fla.


NASA launches the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 7 on a Delta 3000 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES satellites monitor weather patterns for the United States.


An Arianespace Ariane 4 rocket launches the Arabsat 3A commercial satellite and the British military communications satellite Skymet 4E from Kourou, French Guiana.


The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Himawari 6, a weather and air-traffic control support satellite, from Tanegashima on an H-2A launch vehicle. The launch was the first commercial launch for the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-made rocket.

Feb. 28


A U.S. Air Force Thor-Agena A rocket launches the Advanced Research Project Agency’s prototype satellite Discoverer 1 into polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

March 1


The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia launches from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The crew for the STS-109 mission performs the third servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope.


Sea Launch lofts XM Satellite Radio’s XM-3 satellite on a Zenit-3SL rocket from its sea-based Odyssey platform


March 2


An Ariane 4 rocket launches Luxembourg’s Astra 1B direct-to-home television

satellite and Europe’s weather-monitoring Meteosat Operational Programme (MOP-2) satellite from Kourou, French Guiana.