Category: rocket

Wonderful 1963 concept art showing the reach o…

Wonderful 1963 concept art showing the reach of a Saturn-type rocket.

Atlas missile test 14D at Cape Canaveral, Augu…

Atlas missile test 14D at Cape Canaveral, August 11, 1959. Courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Model of an Apollo Saturn 1B rocket in the NAS…

Model of an Apollo Saturn 1B rocket in the NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, March 2, 1963.

TODAY IN HISTORY: On July 29, 1960, the Mercur…

TODAY IN HISTORY: On July 29, 1960, the Mercury program stumbles when the unmanned Mercury-Redstone 1 fails to launch in what would come to be known as the “four-inch flight.” After a normal countdown, the rocket’s engines ignited but then immediately shut down after liftoff, resulting in a rise of about 4 inches. Separately, the escape rocket rose to about 4,000 feet before landing some 400 yards away. Seconds after that, the capsule deployed its parachutes while also ejecting the radio antenna. In retrospect, the mishap looks kind of hilarious when you watch it on film. (NASA)

Apollo 15 clears the tower on July 26, 1971.

Apollo 15 clears the tower on July 26, 1971.

July 21, 1961 – Mercury-Redstone 4 astro…

July 21, 1961 – Mercury-Redstone 4 astronaut Gus Grissom blasts off from Cape Canaveral on his journey to become the second American in space. 

(Stellar Views)

ON THIS DAY: The first rocket launched at Cape…

ON THIS DAY: The first rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, July 24, 1950. It’s an RTV-G-4 Bumper missile, a combination of the German V-2 rocket and the WAC Corporal sounding rocket. Named “Bumper 8” in this case.

(NASA)

July 16, 1969 – The liftoff of Apollo 11 seen …

July 16, 1969 – The liftoff of Apollo 11 seen from inside the firing room at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Apollo 11 heads to the Moon, July 16, 1969.

Apollo 11 heads to the Moon, July 16, 1969.

July 14, 1967: An Atlas-Centaur rocket blasts …

July 14, 1967: An Atlas-Centaur rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, carrying the Surveyor 4 lunar probe on a mission to the Moon.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)