2004 Rocket Launch Recap

Our roundup of all the launches that happened in 2004, along with key stats, trends and info. You can learn more about our data, and how we present it here.

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Total Launches


Successful Launches


Failed Launches


Success Rate


Humans launched to space

Notable 2004 Achievements

๐Ÿช First orbit of Saturn
๐Ÿงช First sample return from beyond lunar orbit

How 2004 Compares to Previous Years

There were 52 successful launch attempts in 2004 and 3 failed launch attempts. These figures include test/development launches, which are more prone to failure.

Rocket Launches by Year

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Launches by Nation in 2004

In 2004, companies and agencies from 6 Nations attempted launches, including Russia (26 launches), the United States (16 launches) and China (8 launches).

Total Rocket Launches by Nation in 2004

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Launches by Launch Service Providers in 2004

15 Launch Service Providers completed launches in 2004, including ROSCOSMOS (8 launches), United States Air Force (8 launches) and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (8 launches).

Top 10 Space Launch Service Providers in 2004 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Vehicle in 2004

32 different Launch Vehicles launched off in 2004. The top 3 were the Soyuz U (5 launches), Long March 2C (4 launches) and Atlas IIAS (4 launches) launch vehicles.

Top 10 Launch Vehicles in 2004 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Sites in 2004

Rockets launched from 11 Launch Sites in 2004. The most active launch sites were Baikonur Cosmodrome (17 launches), Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (13 launches) and Plesetsk Cosmodrome (6 launches).

Top 10 Launch Sites in 2004

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Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2004

In 2004, 6 humans from 4 nations were launched into space, including Russia (2 astronauts), the United States (2 astronauts) and Netherlands (1 astronaut).

Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2004

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Where we launched to in 2004

We launched off to 7 different locations beyond earth in 2004 (including flybys). Most launches were to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (23 launches), Geostationary Orbit (GEO) (19 launches) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) (5 launches).

Top Launch Destinations in 2004

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