Atlas LV-3B
Mercury-Atlas 6

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 6

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 6 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Tue, Feb 20th, 1962, 9:47 AM EST 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 6

Mercury-Atlas 6 was the third crewed spaceflight for the United States. The spacecraft, named Friendship 7, completed three orbits making John Glenn the first United States astronaut to orbit Earth. The mission lasted for 4 hours, 55 minutes & 23seconds.

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

John Glenn

John Glenn

Pilot - American

Colonel John Herschel Glenn Jr. was a United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman, and politician. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times in 1962. Following his retirement from NASA, he served from 1974 to 1999 as a Democratic United States Senator from Ohio.

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