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OAO 1

Atlas SLV-3 Agena D

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission


OAO 1

  • Type: Planetary Science
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit

OAO 1 (Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 1) was a solar-cell-powered satellite instrumented to make precision astronomical observations and to measure the absorption and emission characteristics of the stars, planets, nebulae, and the interplanetary and interstellar media from visible to gamma-ray regions.

Location


Launch Complex 12

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Launch Complex 12 has witnessed the launch of 23 rockets, including 21 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 931 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 12

Rocket


Convair Atlas SLV-3 Agena D

The Atlas-Agena was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets, and was launched 109 times between 1960 and 1978.

Agency


United States Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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