Atlas LV-3B
Mercury-Atlas 9

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 9

National Aeronautics and Space Administration launch of a Atlas LV-3B Rocket


National Aeronautics and Space Administration was scheduled to launch a Atlas LV-3B rocket as part of the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Wed, May 15th, 1963, 9:04 AM from Space Launch Complex 14, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!


Mission

Mercury-Atlas 9

Mercury-Atlas 9 was the final manned spaceflight of the United States' Mercury program. It carried the Faith 7 spacecraft with astronaut Gordon Cooper to orbit where it completed 22 orbits seconds before reentry. The mission lasted for, 34 hours, 19 minutes & 49 seconds. This was the last time an American was launched to space on a solo orbital mission. The mission had several technical problems, the biggest which was a short-circuit in the bus bar serving the 250 volt main inverter causing the automatic stabilization and control system to stop working during the 21st orbit. In the end Cooper had to use lines he had drawn on the window and his wristwatch to correctly execute burns to safely re-enter the atmosphere.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 14, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas LV-3B

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