The events on this day in history for our heritage companies are noted below.
The earliest event was in 1957, the latest event was in 1986.
1973 – MM X-24B flight 29, Edwards AFB
Military and Classified Programs:
Exploration and Interplanetary Programs:
1961 – NASA directed Marshall Space Flight Center to procure five operational Atlas Centaur vehicles
1967 – LAUNCH: Lunar Orbiter 5, GD Atlas SLV-3/Agena D, LC13, CCAFS
Earth-Monitoring and Civil Weather Satellite programs:
Test, ICBM, FBM programs:
1957 – Ballistic missile programs re-oriented by the National Security Council, per DoD recommendations, with GD Atlas having top priority and Martin Titan I relegated to second priority. Thor and Jupiter would be looked at for downselect to one choice.
1958 – GD Atlas IOC slips from March, 1959 to June, 1959
1962 – LAUNCH: GD Atlas F, 576-E, VAFB – First Atlas F at VAFB
1986 – LAUNCH: Lockheed Polaris A3, UK S27, ETR
The photo today is the launch of Lunar Orbiter 5 on Atlas SLV-3/Agena D in 1967. This last Lunar Orbiter mission filled in gaps in lunar mapping for the upcoming Apollo missions.