1962
   

August 27
Mariner 2 launches
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December 14
First flyby of another planet
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  1964
   

July 28
Ranger 7 launches
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July 31
Ranger 7 impacts Moon
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November 28
Mariner 4 launches
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  1965
   

February 17
Ranger 8 launches
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February 20
Ranger 8 impacts moon
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March 21
Ranger 9 launches
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March 24
Ranger 9 impacts moon
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July 14
First flyby of Mars
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  1966
   

May 30
Surveyor 1 launches
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June 2
First U.S. soft landing on Moon
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  1967
   

April 17
Surveyor 3 launches
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April 20
Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
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June 14
Mariner 5 launches

September 8
Surveyor 5 launches
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September 11
Surveyor 5 lands on Moon
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October 19
Mariner 5's Venus flyby

November 7
Surveyor 6 launches
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November 11
Surveyor 6's lunar landing
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  1968
   

inovation
Medical imaging

January 7
Surveyor 7 launches
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January 9
Surveyor 7 lands on Moon
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  1969
   

innovation
Clear signals for communication

February 24
Mariner 6 launches

March 27
Mariner 7 launches

July 31
First dual mission to Mars

August 5
Mariner 7's Mars flyby

   
1971
   

May 30
Mariner 9 launches

November 14
First spacecraft to orbit another planet

   
  1972
    innovation
Clean rooms
   
  1973
    November 3
Mariner 10 launches
   
  1974
   

February 5
Mariner 10 - swings
by Venus

March 29
First flyby of Mercury

September 21
Mariner 10 at Mercury

   
  1975
   

innovation
Solar power

March 16
Mariner 10's last visit

August 20
Viking 1 launches

September 9
Viking 2 launches

   
  1976
   

July 20
First spacecraft on Mars
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September 3
Viking 2 on Mars
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  1977
   

innovation
3-D animation

August 20
Voyager 2 launches
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September 5
Voyager 1 launches
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  1978
    June 26
Seasat satellite launches
   
  1979
   

innovation
Hybrid car

March 5
Voyager 1 flies by
Jupiter
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July 9
Voyager 2 at Jupiter
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  1980
    November 12
Voyager 1 at Saturn
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  1981
   

August 25
Voyager 2 at Saturn
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October 6
Solar Mesophere
Explorer launches
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November 12
Shuttle Imaging Radar-A launches
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  1982
    innovation
Document Restoration
   
  1983
   

innovation
Medical Sensors

innovation
Sunken Ships

January 25
Infrared Astronomical
Satellite launches
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  1984
    October 5
Shuttle Imaging Radar-B launches
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  1985
    innovation
Help for heart patients
   
  1986
    January 24
First spacecraft at Uranus
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  1987
    innovation
Archeology
     
  1988
   

innovation
Power surge

inovation
Forest fire mapping

     
  1989
   

May 4
Magellan launches

August 25
First spacecraft at Neptune
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October 18
Galileo launches

     
1990
   

August 10
Magellan at Venus

October 6
Ulysses launch

     
  1991
   

October 29
First close asteroid encounter

   
  1992
   

innovation
Improved climate prediction

innovation
Lost city found

August 10
Topex/Poseidon launches

   
  1993
   

August 28
First asteroid 'moon' discovered
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December 2
Astronauts repair Hubble camera
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  1994
   

April 9
Imaging Radar mission launches

September 30
Imaging Radar flies again
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  1995
    innovation
Electronic Nose

December 7
Galileo at Jupiter
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  1996
   

August 17
Scatterometer instrument launches

November 7
Mars Global Surveyor launches

December 4
Mars Pathfinder launches
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  1997
   

innovation
Reducing Pollution

February 12
Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry launches

June 7
All-Sky Survey begins
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July 4
First rover lands on another planet

September 12
Global Surveyor orbits Mars

October 15
Cassini/Huygens launches

     
  1998
   

innovation
Imaging enhancement

February 17
Voyager 1 sets distance record
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October 24
Deep Space 1 launches

     
  1999
   

February 7
Stardust launches

June 19
Quick Scatterometer launches

December 18
Sophisticated Imaging Instruments launch

December 20
Active Cavity Irradiance Monitor Satellite launches

     
2000
   

innovation
Better earthquake monitoring

February 11
Shuttle Radar Topography launches

June 22
Evidence of water on Mars
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December 30
Double-team at Jupiter
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  2001
   

innovation
Safer streets

February 15
All-Sky Survey ends

March 12
Two-telescope system works
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April 7
Mars Odyssey launches

August 8
Genesis launches
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September 22
Comet Borrelly flyby
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October 24
Odyssey orbits Mars
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December 7
Jason 1 launches
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  2002
   

March 17
Grace twins launch
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