Atlas LV-3B
Mercury-Atlas 7

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 7

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 7 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Thu, May 24th, 1962, 8:45 AM EDT 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 7

Mercury-Atlas 7 was the fourth crewed spaceflight for the United States. The spacecraft, named Aurora 7, carried the astronaut Scott Carpenter to orbit where it completed three orbits before returning to Earth. The mission lasted for 4 hours, 56 minutes & 5 seconds. Due to a targeting error during reentry the spacecraft splashed about 400 km off-course delaying the recovery efforts.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 14, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas

The Atlas LV-3B, Atlas D Mercury Launch Vehicle or Mercury-Atlas Launch Vehicle, was a human-rated expendable launch system used as part of the United States Project Mercury to send astronauts into low Earth orbit. Manufactured by American aircraft manufacturing company Convair, it was derived from the SM-65D Atlas missile, and was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

Crew

Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter

Pilot - American

Malcolm Scott Carpenter, was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, astronaut, and aquanaut. He was one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959. Carpenter was the second American (after John Glenn) to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and Glenn.

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