Category: rocket

ON THIS DAY: Delivering a shiny Atlas missile …

ON THIS DAY: Delivering a shiny Atlas missile to Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico, June 16, 1962.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The first monkey to be sent …

TODAY IN HISTORY: The first monkey to be sent successfully into space was Albert II, a male rhesus monkey, who made it to a height of 83 miles (134 km) on June 14, 1949. Albert died on impact after a parachute failure.

May 22, 1959 – Static firing test of Atlas mis…

May 22, 1959 – Static firing test of Atlas missile 8C at Cape Canaveral.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

May 18, 1969 – Apollo 10 hurtles toward space,…

May 18, 1969 – Apollo 10 hurtles toward space, photographed from the ground using NASA’s Airborne Lightweight Optical Tracking System.

The night launch of a Soyuz rocket illustrated…

The night launch of a Soyuz rocket illustrated in Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, printed 1980.

A rocket on the launch pad in A Maxton Book Ab…

A rocket on the launch pad in A Maxton Book About Space Travel, 1958, illustrated by William Hutchison.

A 1961 NASA illustration compares the Redstone…

A 1961 NASA illustration compares the Redstone, Jupiter-C, and Mercury-Redstone rockets. The Redstone was a highly accurate, surface-to-surface missile. The Jupiter-C successfully launched the first American satellite, Explorer 1, in 1958. The Mercury-Redstone carried Alan Shepard on his journey to become the first American in space in 1961. (NASA)

Mercury-Atlas 3 separation on April 25, 1961.

Mercury-Atlas 3 separation on April 25, 1961.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

Mercury-Atlas 3 launch from Cape Canaveral, Fl…

Mercury-Atlas 3 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 25, 1961.

(NASA)

Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, printed on…

Soviet space art by Andrei Sokolov, printed on a 1980 postcard.