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LJ-5B

Little Joe

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Success

Mission

LJ-5B

Type: Test Flight

Little Joe 5B was an uncrewed launch escape system test of the Mercury spacecraft, conducted as part of the US Mercury program.

Location

Launch Area 4

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

73 rockets have launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA.

Launch Area 4, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rocket

Little Joe – North American Aviation

Family: Little Joe
Length: 17 m

The Little Joe was manufactured by North American Aviation with the first launch on 1959-08-21. Little Joe has 3 successful launches and 5 failed launches with a total of 8 launches. Little Joe was a solid-fueled booster rocket used by NASA for eight launches from 1959-1960 from Wallops Island, Virginia to test the launch escape system and heat shield for Project Mercury capsules.

Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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.

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