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Mercury-Atlas 8 - Space launch mission detailed information

MISSION NAME

Mercury-Atlas 8 8

Status

Success

DATE

3 OCT 1962

LAUNCH PROVIDER

National Aeronautics and Space Administration + -img

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Pad

Launch Complex 14

USA

Description

Mercury-Atlas 6 carrying Sigma 7 spacecraft carried astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. to orbit where he completed 6 orbits lasting a total of 9 hours and 13 minutes. The mission goal was to compete engineering tests and all objectives were met.

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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