National Aeronautics and Space Administration
7/18/1921 - 12/8/2016
First Flight: 2/20/1962
Last Flight: 10/29/1998
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.
Type: Human Exploration
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.
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Space Launch Complex 14
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
879 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.
Atlas LV-3B – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Family: Atlas
- Length: 28.7 m
- Diameter: 3 m
- Launch Mass: 120 T
- Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1360 kg
The Atlas LV-3B was manufactured by National Aeronautics and Space Administration with the first launch on 1960-07-29. Atlas LV-3B has 7 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. 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.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA
- Type: Government
- Abbreviation: NASA
- Administration: Administrator: Bill Nelson
- Founded: 1958
- Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS
- Spacecraft: Orion
- Country: USA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.