Through the decades, the first week of December has been a popular time for space missions. Look back at eight flights that launched this week ranging from 1965 to 2001 with these fast facts.

STS-97

STS-35

STS-27

STS-53

STS-61

Gemini 7

    • Launch date: Dec. 4, 1965
    • Landing date: Dec. 18, 1965
    • Spacecraft: Gemini-Titan 7
    • Crew: Frank Borman and Jim Lovell
    • Highlights: This mission marked NASA’s first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit.

    STS-88

    • Launch date: Dec. 4, 1998
    • Landing date: Dec. 15, 1998
    • Spacecraft: Shuttle Endeavour
    • Crew: Robert Cabana (Commander), Frederick Sturckow (Pilot), Nancy Currie (Mission Specialist), Jerry Ross (Mission Specialist), James Newman (Mission Specialist), and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev (Mission Specialist)
    • Highlights: This flight was the first shuttle mission to begin assembly of the ISS, and carried Unity, or Node 1 (the first American module), into space.

    STS-108

    • Launch date: Dec. 5, 2001
    • Landing date: Dec. 17, 2001
    • Spacecraft: Shuttle Endeavour
    • Crew: Dominic Gorie (Commander), Mark Kelly (Pilot), Linda Godwin (Mission Specialist), Daniel Tani (Mission Specialist), and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Onufrienko, Mikhail Tyurin and Vladimir Dezhurov
    • Highlights: This mission was a station assembly flight that carried supplies to the ISS and deployed the STARSHINE 2 satellite. The crew also honored the fallen victims of the tragic September 11 attacks by flying American flags and photographs for their families.