1960 in spaceflight

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For launches in the first half of the year, see 1960 in spaceflight (January–June), for launches in the second half, see 1960 in spaceflight (July–December)
1960 in spaceflight
Escape rocket of Mercury-Redstone 1.jpg
The launch escape system fires following the failed launch of Mercury-Redstone 1
Orbital launches
First 4 February
Last 22 December
Total 38
Successes 19
Failures 19
Partial failures 0
Catalogued 19
National firsts
Spaceflight  Japan
 China
Rockets
Maiden flights Atlas-Agena
Molniya
Scout
Thor DM-18 Able-IV
Thor DM-21 Ablestar
Thor DM-21 Agena-B
Thor DM-19 Delta
Vostok-L
Vostok-K
Retirements Atlas-Able
Luna
Thor-Able
Thor DM-18 Agena-A
Vostok-L


Orbital launch summary[edit]

By country[edit]

1960 Launches.svg
  Soviet Union
  United States
Orbital launch attempts by country in 1960
Country Launches Successes Failures Partial
failures
Remarks
 Soviet Union 9 3 6
 United States 29 16 13 0


By rocket[edit]

Rocket Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks
Atlas-Able  United States 2 0 2 0 Retired
Atlas LV-3A Agena-A  United States 3 1 2 0 Maiden flight
Juno II  United States 2 1 1 0
Luna 8K72  Soviet Union 2 0 2 0 Retired
Molniya 8K78  Soviet Union 2 0 2 0 Maiden flight
Scout X-1  United States 1 0 1 0 Maiden flight
Thor DM-18 Able-II  United States 1 1 0 0 Retired
Thor DM-18 Able-IV  United States 1 1 0 0 Only flight
Thor DM-21 Ablestar  United States 5 3 2 0 Maiden flight
Thor DM-18 Agena-A  United States 7 4 3 0 Retired
Thor DM-21 Agena-B  United States 4 3 1 0 Maiden flight
Thor DM-19 Delta  United States 3 2 1 0 Maiden flight
Vostok-L 8K72  Soviet Union 3 0 1 0 Only flights
Vostok-K 8K72K  Soviet Union 1 0 1 0 Maiden flight

By orbit[edit]

Orbital regime Launches Successes Failures Accidentally
Achieved
Remarks
Low Earth 26 16 10 0
Medium Earth 4 2 2 0
High Earth 1 0 1 0 Including Highly elliptical orbits
Heliocentric 7 1 6 0

References[edit]

Generic references:

Footnotes[edit]