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Mercury-Atlas 1 - Space launch mission detailed information

MISSION NAME

Mercury-Atlas 1 1

Status

Failure

DATE

29 JUL 1960

LAUNCH PROVIDER

National Aeronautics and Space Administration + -img

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Pad

Launch Complex 14

USA

Description

Mercury-Atlas 1 (MA-1) was the first attempt to launch a Mercury capsule and occurred on July 29, 1960 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft was unmanned and carried no launch escape system. The Atlas rocket suffered a structural failure 58 seconds after launch at an altitude of approximately 30,000 feet (9.1 km) and 11,000 feet (3.4 km) down range.

Atlas LV-3B

Atlas LV-3B

USA

Rocket Description

The Atlas LV-3B, Atlas D Mercury Launch Vehicle or Mercury-Atlas Launch Vehicle, was a human-rated expendable launch system used as part of the United States Project Mercury to send astronauts into low Earth orbit. Manufactured by American aircraft manufacturing company Convair, it was derived from the SM-65D Atlas missile, and was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.

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