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Able I (Pioneer)

Thor Able I

Army Ballistic Missile Agency

Launch Status
Failure

Mission


Able I (Pioneer)

  • Type: Lunar Exploration
  • Orbit: Lunar Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $8,900,000

The first pioneer orbiter, pioneer 0 was a lunar orbiter intended to enter a lunar orbit for observation. However, the mission failed 77 seconds into launch.

Location


Space Launch Complex 17A

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 17A has witnessed the launch of 145 rockets, including 145 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 953 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 17A

Rocket


McDonnell Douglas Thor Able I

American orbital launch vehicle. Thor with Able stage derived from Vanguard second stage.

Agency


Army Ballistic Missile Agency

The Army Ballistic Missile Agency was formed to develop the U.S. Army’s first large ballistic missile. The agency was established at Redstone Arsenal on 1 February 1956, and commanded by Major General John B. Medaris with Wernher von Braun as technical director.

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