Category: rocket

When a test flight goes bad: On March 2, 1965, a valve malfunction on an Atlas-Centaur rocket caused booster engines to shut down. The vehicle fell back on the launch pad and “Boom!!”


An Atlas rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, February 4, 1959.


Aluminum shavings and stuff in the rocket shop at @nasa’s Wallops Flight Station, 1/14/2020.

January 9, 2014: An Antares rocket launches from @nasa’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (NASA)

A bird’s-eye view of @nasa’s’s Wallops Island launch site, if the bird was strapped to a rocket.

The Apollo 9 spacecraft crawls its way to Pad A at Cape Canaveral, January 3, 1969. (NASA)

The wonderful world of sounding rockets, as seen in NASA’s Aeronautics and Space Report, 1966.

Launch of a RAM B2 at @nasa’s Wallops launch facility in Virginia, 1963.

Gemini 7 launches from Cape Canaveral on this day in 1965, with a little help from “some 430,000 pounds of thrust.”

Putting a seven-foot rocket model in a crate, as one does.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)