Mariner 2 - Space launch mission detailed information
Mariner 2 2
27 AUG 1962
United States Air Force
Launch Complex 12
Backup of Mariner 1, designed to flyby Venus. It passed below the planet at a closest distance of 34,773 km.
Atlas LV-3 Agena B
The Atlas LV-3A was a largely unsuccessful configuration until it was given an Agena B upper stage. It was responsible for the launch of Mariner II to Venus and had one of the first engines that could be restarted in orbit.