Titan IIIE | Viking 2

Lockheed Martin launch of a Titan IIIE Rocket

Lockheed Martin was scheduled to launch a Titan IIIE rocket as part of the Viking 2 mission. The launch window for the Planetary Science mission was on Tue, Sep 9th, 1975, 2:39 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Viking 2

The Viking 2 mission was part of the American Viking program to Mars, and consisted of an orbiter and a lander essentially identical to that of the Viking 1 mission. The Viking 2 lander operated on the surface for 1316 days, or 1281 sols, and was turned off on April 11, 1980 when its batteries failed. The orbiter worked until July 25, 1978, returning almost 16,000 images in 706 orbits around Mars.

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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