This Week In Space History

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This Week In Space History

posted: 06 September 2007
11:53 am ET

















Aug. 20











1953:

The first Redstone missile, which later became the launch system for several missions in NASA’s Mercury program, is test fired. The rocket missed its target by 240 kilometers.






1975:

Viking 1




, the first successful martianlander, launches aboard a Titan 3 rocket




.




Aug. 21











1965:

Gemini 5 launches astronauts Pete Conrad and Leroy Cooper for an eight-day mission in




Earth orbit on a Titan 2 rocket.






2002:

Echostar 8, a geostationary telecommunications satellite for the satellite-broadcasting company Echostar, launches from BaikonurCosmodrome aboard a Russian Proton rocket.






2006:

Koreasat 5, a dual-use telecommunications satellite, launches from Kiritmati aboard a Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket.




Aug. 22



2003:





While on the launch pad at Alc�ntra, in Brazil, the third prototype for the VLS-1 launch vehicle explodes




when its fuel ignited too soon, killing 21 people and severely damaging the launch facility.




Aug. 25



2003:

NASA launches the Spitzer Space Telescope from a Delta rocket.




Aug. 27







1962:

Mariner 2 launches on an Atlas rocket for Venus. The probe beco




mes the first to successfully perform an interplanetary flyby




as it passes




by Venus on Dec. 14, 1962.






1975:

Symphonie 2, a telecommunications satellite owned jointly by France and West Germany




launches aboard a Delta 2 rocket.




Aug 29



2001:

Japan successfully launches its two-stage H-2A rocket, which has become its workhorse launch system.