1914: rocket pioneer Robert Goddard is awarded a patent for his liquid-fueled rocket.
1965: NASA’s Mariner 4 performs the first flyby of Mars. The spacecraft, launched , on an Atlas-Agena rocket from Cape Canaveral, , captured the first upclose photographs of the red planet.
1978: The European Space Agency’s ESA-GEOS 2, which NASA called the first solely science-dedicated geostationary-orbiting spacecraft, launches on a Delta rocket from ,
1965: The launches the first Proton rocket from BaikonurCosmodrome. The Proton lofted a science satellite, called Proton 1, to study extremely high-energy cosmic particles.
1917: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, NASA’s predecessor, begins building its first research laboratory, the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory in
1966: NASA’s Gemini 10 launches from , on a Titan 2 rocket. During the mission astronauts John Young and Michael Collins successfully docked with the Gemini Agena target vehicle, which launched the same day from
1980: lofts the Rohini 1-B on a Satellite Launch Vehicle-3 rocket from Sriharikota Space Centre, becoming the seventh nation to launch a satellite using its own facilities.
1984: Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a spacewalk. She executed the maneuver outside her Soyuz T-12, which launched from the BaikonurCosmodrome July 17.
1998: successfully launches its Sinosat-1 communications satellite on a Long March 3B rocket from the
1959: NASA awards Western Electric Co. a contract to build a global network of tracking and ground stations for the Project Mercury missions.
1976: NASA’s Viking 1 lander makes the first successful soft-landing on Mars. The Viking lander and orbiter launched together Aug. 20, 1975, on a Titan 3E- Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral,
1999: NASA’s Mercury Liberty Bell 7 is retrieved from the bottom of the coast. The capsule sank , after returning astronaut Gus Grissom from a suborbital mission.