1976 in spaceflight

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1976 in spaceflight
Viking2lander1.jpg
Viking 2 on the surface of Mars
Orbital launches
First 6 January
Last 28 December
Total 131
Catalogued 128
National firsts
Satellite  Indonesia
Rockets
Maiden flights Thor DSV-2U
Retirements Voskhod
Scout B-1
Soyuz
Soyuz-M
Thor-Burner
Manned flights
Orbital 3
Total travellers 6


Launches[edit]

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Launch site LSP
Payload Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks
22 June
18:04:00
Soviet UnionProton-K Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 81/23 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSalyut 5 (Almaz OPS-3) Low Earth Space station 8 August 1977 Successful
Visited by three crews, one of which failed to dock
6 July
12:08:45
Soviet UnionSoyuz Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 1/5 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoyuz 21 Low Earth (Salyut 5) Salyut expedition 24 August
18:32:17
Partial mission failure
Manned flight with two cosmonauts, final flight of Soyuz 11A511, returned early due to crew illness
15 September
09:48:30
Soviet UnionSoyuz-U Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 1/5 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoyuz 22 Low Earth Salyut expedition 23 September
07:40:47
Successful
Manned flight with two cosmonauts
14 October
17:39:18
Soviet UnionSoyuz-U Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 1/5 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoyuz 23 Low Earth (Intended: Salyut 5) Salyut expedition 16 October
17:45:53
Spacecraft failure
Manned flight with two cosmonauts, failed to dock with Salyut 5

Deep space rendezvous[edit]

Date Spacecraft Event Remarks
19 June Viking 1 Areocentric orbit insertion
20 July Viking 1 Lander landed in Chryse Planitia
7 August Viking 2 Areocentric orbit insertion
18 August Luna 24 landed in Mare Crisium sample return mission
19 August Luna 24 lift-off from Mare Crisium 170 grams (6.0 oz)
3 September Viking 2 Lander landed in Utopia Planitia

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