This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 29 February 2008
01:59 pm ET










Feb. 25



1969:

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




photographed




Mars as it flew by the red planet.




Its twin Mariner 7 was launched a month later.




Feb. 26





1964:





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




telecast




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




.


1966:

NASA performs an unmanned suborbital




test flight of the Saturn 1B rocket carrying




an Apollo capsule from Cape Canaveral, Fla.


1987:

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.


1999:

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


2005:

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



1959:

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



2002:

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.




2005:

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




.




March 2



1991:

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.