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Pioneer 1

Thor Able I

Army Ballistic Missile Agency

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Pioneer 1

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

The second pioneer orbiter, pioneer 1 intended to enter lunar orbit but missed the Moon after a third stage partial failure.

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 931 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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