Titan IIIE | Viking 1

Lockheed Martin launch of a Titan IIIE Rocket

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Lockheed Martin was scheduled to launch a Titan IIIE rocket as part of the Viking 1 mission. The launch window for the Planetary Science mission was on Wed, Aug 20th, 1975, 5:22 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Titan IIIE and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Viking 1

Viking 1 was the first of two spacecraft (along with Viking 2) sent to Mars as part of NASA's Viking program. On July 20, 1976, it became the first spacecraft to land successfully on Mars and perform its mission. Viking 1 held the record for the longest Mars surface mission of 2307 days or 2245 sols until that record was broken by Opportunity on May 19, 2010.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Titan III

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin's Space Division started in the production of missiles and later ICBM's in the 1950s. Their TITAN missile system was used for 12 Gemini spacecraft and the Voyager probes. They have worked largely in collaboration with NASA on many of their probes, landers, and spacecraft, and hope to play a key role in NASA's return to the moon in 2024.

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