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December 14, 1995
An Atlas Centaur Rocket Launches
Atlas Centaur rockets have
launched over 75 successful unmanned missions.
These missions included the
Surveyor series - the first vehicles to make soft
landings on the
Pioneer 10 and
11 - the first missions to fly by
Saturn and the first man-made
objects able to leave our
Solar System, the
Viking missions which landed on
Mars, several satellites in the
High Energy Astrophysics
Pioneer Venus which circled and mapped the surface of
satellites. Of recent scientific interest was the
mission which will continually observe the
Sun. Atlas rockets are
Lockheed Martin Co.
Tomorrow's picture: M64: The Sleeping Beauty Galaxy
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