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P-3 - Space launch mission detailed information

MISSION NAME

P-3 3

Status

Failure

DATE

26 NOV 1959

LAUNCH PROVIDER

United States Air Force + -img

United States Air Force

Launch Pad

Launch Complex 14

USA

Description

The Pioneer P-1, -3, -30 and -31 series was intended to be a lunar orbiter probe, but the mission failed shortly after launch. The objectives were to place a highly instrumented probe in lunar orbit, to investigate the environment between the Earth and Moon, and to develop technology for controlling and maneuvering spacecraft from Earth.

Atlas-Able

Atlas-Able

USA

Rocket Description

The Atlas-Able 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 used to launch several Pioneer spacecraft towards the Moon. Of the five Atlas-Able rockets built, two failed during static firings, and the other three failed to reach orbit.

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