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Explorer 6

Thor Able III

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Explorer 6

Type: Earth Science

Explorer 6 was an American satellite designed to study trapped radiation of various energies, galactic cosmic rays, geomagnetism, radio propagation and the flux of micrometeorites. It also tested a scanning device designed for photographing the Earth’s cloud cover, and transmitted the first pictures of Earth from a satellite.

Location

Space Launch Complex 17A

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

865 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 17A, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Thor Able III – McDonnell Douglas

Family: Thor
Length: 27.4 m
Diameter: 2.44 m
Launch Mass: 52 T

The Thor Able III was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas with the first launch on 1959-08-07. Thor Able III has 1 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 1 launches. American orbital launch vehicle. Thor with Able stage derived from Vanguard second stage.

Agency

United States Air Force

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USAF

Country: USA

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