Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 1

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 1

Space Launch Complex 14
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA













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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Mercury-Atlas 1

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.

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Mercury No.4

Serial 4

Launch Crew Count 0

Status Destroyed

Landing Time 1960-07-29T13:13:00+0000


Atlas LV-3B

Height 28.70 Meters

Max Stages 1

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 1300 kN

Diameter 3.00 Meters

Mass To LEO 1360 kg

Liftoff Mass 120 Tonnes

Launch Success 7

Consecutive Success 6

Maiden Flight 1960-07-29

Launch Failures 3




Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 through 1963.

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