1962 in spaceflight

1962 in spaceflight
The launch of Ariel 1, the first satellite not to be operated by the Soviet Union or United States
Orbital launches
First13 January
Last22 December
Partial failures1
National firsts
Spaceflight Turkey
Satellite United Kingdom
Maiden flightsDelta A
Delta B
Scout X-2
Scout X-2M
Scout X-3
Thor DM-21 Agena-D
RetirementsScout X-2
Thor DM-19 Delta
Thor DM-21 Ablestar
Crewed flights
Total travellers5

Deep space rendezvous

Date (GMT) Spacecraft Event Remarks
28 JanuaryRanger 3Flyby of the MoonFailed impactor, closest approach: 36,793 kilometres (22,862 mi)
26 AprilRanger 4Lunar impactImpacted far side, no data returned
21 OctoberRanger 5Flyby of the MoonFailed impactor, closest approach: 724 kilometres (450 mi)
14 DecemberMariner 2Flyby of VenusClosest approach: 34,773 kilometres (21,607 mi)

Orbital launch summary

By country

  Soviet Union
  United States
Orbital launch attempts by country in 1962
Country Launches Successes Failures Partial
 Soviet Union221570
 United States595081

By rocket

Rocket Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks
Atlas LV-3A Agena-B United States131030
Atlas LV-3B United States3300
Delta A United States2200Only flights
Delta B United States1100Maiden flight
Kosmos-2I 63S1 Soviet Union8710
Molniya 8K78 Soviet Union6150
Scout X-2 United States1010Only flights
Scout X-2M United States2110Maiden flight
Scout X-3 United States2200Maiden flight
Thor DM-21 Ablestar United States3120Retired
Thor DM-21 Agena-B United States181611
Thor DM-21 Agena-D United States8800Maiden flight
Thor DM-19 Delta United States6600Retired
Vostok-K 8K72K Soviet Union3300
Vostok-2 8A92 Soviet Union5410Maiden flight

By orbit

Orbital regime Launches Successes Failures Accidentally
Low Earth625575
Medium Earth7610
High Earth1100Including Highly elliptical orbits


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