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Thor-Agena was a series of orbital launch vehicles. The rockets used Thor first stages and Agena second stages. They are thus cousins of the more famous Thor-Deltas, which founded the Delta rocket family. The first attempted launch of a Thor-Agena was in January 1959. The first successful launch was on February 28, 1959, launching Discoverer-1.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Space and Astronomy (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

For example, NASA used the Atlas-Agena vehicles to launch large Earth-orbiting satellites as well as lunar and interplanetary space probes; Thor-Agena vehicles launched scientific satellites, such as the Orbiting Geophysical Observatory ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

and INTERPLANETARY space PROBES; Thor-Agena vehicles launched scientific satellites, such as the ORBITING GEOPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY ( OGO), and applications satellites, such as NIMBUS METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITEs.

Google previewThe Telecommunications Illustrated Dictionary, Second Edition (2002)

by J.K. Petersen

A Thor-Agena launch vehicle was used to place the satellite in orbit. Alouette somewhat resembled a fat metal pumpkin with slender antennas spiking out of ...

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