Viking 2 Full Mission Timeline

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Spacecraft Event Time. UTC/GMT Times.



Time (UTC/GMT+0)Event
1975-09-09  18:39:00Launch
1976-08-07Mars orbit insertion. Initial orbit 1,500 x 33,000 km
1976-09-03  19:39:59Lander separation from orbiter
1976-09-03  22:37:50Lander touchdown on Mars
1976-12-20New 778 x 33,000 km orbit
1977-10-01Close approaches to Deimos
1977-10-23New 300 x 33,000 km orbit
1978-07-25End of operations. Leak in propulsion system forced orbiter into a 302 x 33,176 km safe orbit. Made 706 orbits of Mars
1980-04-11End of lander operations as batteries were failing