Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 5

Atlas LV-3B | Mercury-Atlas 5

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 5

Mercury-Atlas 5 was an American spaceflight of the Mercury program. It was launched on November 29, 1961, with Enos, a chimpanzee, aboard. The craft orbited the Earth twice and splashed down about 200 miles (320 km) south of Bermuda, and Enos became the first primate from the United States and the third great ape to orbit the Earth.

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Mercury No.9

Serial 9

Launch Crew Count 0

Status Single Use

Landing Time 1961-11-29T18:28:56+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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