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Delta II MER-A Spirit Launch

Delta II MER-A Spirit Launch

The Delta II rocket with its Mars Exploration Rover (MER-A) payload leaps from the smoke and steam below into space. Liftoff occurred on time at 1:58 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force ... More

Bumper V-2 Launch

Bumper V-2 Launch

(July 24, 1950) A new chapter in space flight began in July 1950 with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper 8. Shown above, Bumper 8 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program t... More

The First Redstone Rocket Firing

The First Redstone Rocket Firing

Full Description: (August 20, 1953) The first Redstone was fired at Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 20, 1953. Redstone was the first major rocket development program for United States by the Peenemuende group... More

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Launch of Jupiter-C/Explorer 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 31, 1958. After the Russian Sputnik 1 was launched in October 1957, the launching of an American satellite assumed much greater importance. A... More

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Jupiter-C, the first American Satellite, Explorer 1 launcher

Launch of Jupiter-C/Explorer 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 31, 1958. After the Russian Sputnik 1 was launched in October 1957, the launching of an American satellite assumed much greater importance. A... More

Thor/Able 3 Launch Vehicle

Thor/Able 3 Launch Vehicle

The launch of Thor/Able 3 launch vehicle on August 6, 1959, from the Atlantic Missile Range. The payload was Explorer VI for meteorology study.

Launch of Little Joe I-B from Wallops Island

Launch of Little Joe I-B from Wallops Island

B60-00364 (4 Nov. 1959) --- Launch of Little Joe-2 from Wallops Island carrying Mercury spacecraft test article. The suborbital test flight of the Mercury capsule was to test the escape system. Vehicle function... More

First Saturn (SA-1) Launch

First Saturn (SA-1) Launch

Full Description: On October 27, 1961, the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Nation marked a high point in the 3-year-old Saturn development program when the first Saturn vehicle flew a flawless 215-mile bal... More

The Launch of Mercury-Redstone

The Launch of Mercury-Redstone

(May 5, 1961) The launch of the Mercury-Redstone (MR-3), Freedom 7. MR-3 placed the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, in suborbit on May 5, 1961...UID: SPD-MARSH-6100884

Ham Launch

Ham Launch

Full Description: (January 31, 1961) Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) Launch with chimpanzee Ham aboard. Monkeys had been flown into space before, but Ham was the first higher primate to test a spacecraft...Image # : 61C-1012

Thor-Delta-5-Launch Vehicles

Thor-Delta-5-Launch Vehicles

The Thor-Delta-5 launched an Earth observation satellite, TIROS III (Television Infrared Observation Satellite), on July 12, 1961.

Launch of Mercury-Redstone vehicle 2 on Jan. 21, 1961

Launch of Mercury-Redstone vehicle 2 on Jan. 21, 1961

S61-01942 (31 Jan. 1961) --- Launch of the Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) vehicle on Jan. 31, 1961. The 16-minute suborbital flight carried biomedical test subject chimpanzee (Ham) aboard. Photo credit: NASA

Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn Apollo Program

On October 27, 1961, the Marshall Space Flight Center and the Nation marked a high point in the 3-year-old Saturn development program when the first Saturn vehicle flew a flawless 215-mile ballistic trajectory ... More

Launch of Friendship 7

Launch of Friendship 7

Full Description: (February 20, 1962) Launch of Friendship 7, the first American manned orbital space flight. Astronaut John Glenn aboard, the Mercury-Atlas rocket is launched from Pad 14...Image # : 62PC-0011

Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission

Launch of the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission

S62-00954 (20 February 1962) --- This is a view of the Mercury-Atlas 6 spacecraft as it leaves the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Onboard the spacecraft is astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the MA-... More

Launch Vehicles - Atlas-Agena-4

Launch Vehicles - Atlas-Agena-4

The Atlas-Agena-4 boosted the Ranger IV spacecraft for the first U.S. lunar impact on April 23, 1962.

Saturn I - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn I - Saturn Apollo Program

The second flight of the Saturn I vehicle, the SA-2, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 1962. This vehicle had a secondary mission. After the first stage shutoff, at a 65-mile a... More

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became th... More

LIFTOFF - MERCURY-ATLAS (MA)-7 - ASTRONAUT CARPENTER - CAPE

LIFTOFF - MERCURY-ATLAS (MA)-7 - ASTRONAUT CARPENTER - CAPE

The MA-7 Booster ignites on the pad and is seconds away from actual liftoff. Aboard the spacecraft is Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, the U.S. second man to orbit the Earth. CAPE CANAVERAL, FL CN

Photograph of Aurora 7 Lifting Off

Photograph of Aurora 7 Lifting Off

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became the... More

Artist Concept - Saturn Launch

Artist Concept - Saturn Launch

S62-05104 (14 September 1962) --- Artist's concept of a Saturn launch.

Saturn I - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn I - Saturn Apollo Program

The Saturn I (SA-3) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch Complex 34, November 16, 1962. The third launch of Saturn launch vehicles, developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the d... More

View of the liftoff of Little Joe II

View of the liftoff of Little Joe II

Description: View of the liftoff of Little Joe II launch vehicle at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico...UID: SPD-JSC-S63-15229

Photograph of a Rocket Launch at the Wallops Island Launch Area in Virginia

Photograph of a Rocket Launch at the Wallops Island Launch Area in Vir...

SCOUT (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test) Project Office Files

The Saturn I (SA-4) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch Complex 34, March 28, 1963. The fourth launch of Saturn launch vehicles, developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun, incorporated a Saturn I, Block I engine. The typical height of a Block I vehicle was approximately 163 feet and had only one live stage. It consisted of eight tanks, each 70 inches in diameter, clustered around a central tank, 105 inches in diameter. Four of the external tanks were fuel tanks for the RP-1 (kerosene) fuel. The other four, spaced alternately with the fuel tanks, were liquid oxygen tanks as was the large center tank. All fuel tanks and liquid oxygen tanks drained at the same rates respectively. The thrust for the stage came from eight H-1 engines, each producing a thrust of 165,000 pounds, for a total thrust of over 1,300,000 pounds. The engines were arranged in a double pattern.  Four engines, located inboard, were fixed in a square pattern around the stage axis and canted outward slightly, while the remaining four engines were located outboard in a larger square pattern offset 40 degrees from the inner pattern. Unlike the inner engines, each outer engine was gimbaled. That is, each could be swung through an arc. They were gimbaled as a means of steering the rocket, by letting the instrumentation of the rocket correct any deviations of its powered trajectory. The block I required engine gimabling as the only method of guiding and stabilizing the rocket through the lower atmosphere. The upper stages of the Block I rocket reflected the three-stage configuration of the Saturn I vehicle. Like SA-3, the SA-4 flight’s upper stage ejected 113,560 liters (30,000 gallons) of ballast water in the upper atmosphere for "Project Highwater" physics experiment. Release of this vast quantity of water in a near-space environment marked the second purely scientific large-scale experiment. The SA-4 was the last Block I rocket launch. n/a

The Saturn I (SA-4) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch...

The Saturn I (SA-4) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch Complex 34, March 28, 1963. The fourth launch of Saturn launch vehicles, developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the dir... More

The Saturn I (SA-4) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch Complex 34, March 28, 1963. The fourth launch of Saturn launch vehicles developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun, incorporated a Saturn I, Block I engine. The typical height of a Block I vehicle was approximately 163 feet and had only one live stage. It consisted of eight tanks, each 70 inches in diameter, clustered around a central tank, 105 inches in diameter. Four of the external tanks were fuel tanks for the RP-1 (kerosene) fuel. The other four, spaced alternately with the fuel tanks, were liquid oxygen tanks as was the large center tank. All fuel tanks and liquid oxygen tanks drained at the same rates respectively. The thrust for the stage came from eight H-1 engines, each producing a thrust of 165,000 pounds, for a total thrust of over 1,300,000 pounds. The engines were arranged in a double pattern.  Four engines, located inboard, were fixed in a square pattern around the stage axis and canted outward slightly, while the remaining four engines were located outboard in a larger square pattern offset 40 degrees from the inner pattern. Unlike the inner engines, each outer engine was gimbaled. That is, each could be swung through an arc. They were gimbaled as a means of steering the rocket, by letting the instrumentation of the rocket correct any deviations of its powered trajectory. The block I required engine gimabling as the only method of guiding and stabilizing the rocket through the lower atmosphere. The upper stages of the Block I rocket reflected the three-stage configuration of the Saturn I vehicle. Like SA-3, the SA-4 flight’s upper stage ejected 113,560 liters (30,000 gallons) of ballast water in the upper atmosphere for "Project Highwater" physics experiment. Release of this vast quantity of water in a near-space environment marked the second purely scientific large-scale experiment. The SA-4 was the last Block I rocket launch. n/a

The Saturn I (SA-4) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch...

The Saturn I (SA-4) flight lifted off from Kennedy Space Center launch Complex 34, March 28, 1963. The fourth launch of Saturn launch vehicles developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), under the dir... More

GT-4 Launch

GT-4 Launch

Gemini-Titan 4 (GT-4) lift-off from Pad 19. This flight included the first spacewalk by an American astronaut...Image # : 65C-4151

Gemini-Titan 11 Launch

Gemini-Titan 11 Launch

Full Description: Lift-off of Gemini-Titan 11 (GT-11) on Complex 19. The Gemini 11 mission included a rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle...Image #: 66PC-0261

Gemini 8 Launched by Titan Booster

Gemini 8 Launched by Titan Booster

Full Description: A Titan booster launched the Gemini 8 spacecraft on March 16, 1966 from launch complex 19 Cape Kennedy, Florida. The flight crew for the 3 day mission, astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R... More

Workers at Cape Kennedy watched a Saturn 1B lift off

Workers at Cape Kennedy watched a Saturn 1B lift off

Description: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Workers at Cape Kennedy watched a 224-foot-high Saturn 1B space vehicle lift off today from Complex 34 carrying Apollo 7 astronauts Walter M. Schirra Jr., Donn F. Eise... More

AS-203 Launch

AS-203 Launch

(July 5, 1966) The Apollo-Saturn-203 mission launched on July 5, 1966 from Cape Canaveral. The unmanned mission's primary goals were the evaluation of the S-IVB stage's hydrogen venting and engine restart capab... More

Lunar Orbiter I Launch

Lunar Orbiter I Launch

(August 10, 1966) Liftoff of Lunar Orbiter I...Image # : L-1966-06381

Early Rockets - Agena Target Vehicle

Early Rockets - Agena Target Vehicle

On March 16, 1966, an Atlas booster launched an Agena Target Vehicle for the Gemini 8 mission. The flight crew for the 3 day mission, astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott, achieved the first rendezvo... More

Apollo 4 liftoff

Apollo 4 liftoff

The Apollo 4 unmanned mission lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. This would be the first flight for the enormous Saturn V rocket that would eventually take humans to the Moon...Image # : s67-50903

Mariner 5 Launch

Mariner 5 Launch

(June 14, 1967) The Mariner 5 spacecraft was the fifth in a series of spacecraft designed to explore planets in flyby mode. Mariner 5 was originally a backup spacecraft for Mariner 4, but was refurbished for a ... More

Apollo Project - Liftoff of Lunar Orbiter III

Apollo Project - Liftoff of Lunar Orbiter III

Description: Liftoff of Lunar Orbiter III from Complex 13...UID: SPD-NIX-EL-2002-0051 4

Saturn IB - Apollo 5 - Apollo Program

Saturn IB - Apollo 5 - Apollo Program

The Saturn IB launch vehicle (SA204) for the Apollo 5 mission lifted off on January 22, 1968. The unmarned Apollo 5 mission verified the ascent and descent stage propulsion systems, including restart and thrott... More

Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) launch

Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) launch

The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504), with astronauts James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart, took place on March 3, 1968. The Apollo 9 spacecraft, in the lunar mi... More

The second Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-502) for the Apollo 6 mission

The second Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-502) for the Apollo 6 mission

The second Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-502) for the Apollo 6 mission lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center launch complex on April 4, 1968. This unmanned Saturn V launch vehicle tested the emergency detectio... More

Apollo 7 Launch

Apollo 7 Launch

Apollo 7 lifts off from Cape Kennedy Launch Complex 34 at 11:03 A.M., EDT. The astronauts aboard, for the first manned lunar orbital mission, are Astronauts Walter M. Schirra,Jr. Commander; Donn F. Eisele, Com... More

Apollo 7 Launch

Apollo 7 Launch

Apollo 7 lifts off from Cape Kennedy Launch Complex 34 at 11:03 A.M., EDT. The astronauts aboard, for the first manned lunar orbital mission, are Astronauts Walter M. Schirra,Jr. Commander; Donn F. Eisele, Com... More

A Saturn 1B space launch vehicle lifts off from Launch Complex 34 carrying Apollo 7 astronauts Walter M. Schirra Jr., Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham

A Saturn 1B space launch vehicle lifts off from Launch Complex 34 carr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cape Kennedy State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Nasa Release Status: Released to Public Combined... More

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

S68-56001 (21 Dec. 1968) --- The Apollo 8 (Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 7:51 a.m. (EST), Dec. 21, 1968. The crew of the Apollo 8 l... More

Apollo 8 mission lifted off

Apollo 8 mission lifted off

The third Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-503) for the Apollo 8 mission lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on December 21, 1968. The first manned Saturn V vehicle with a crew of three as... More

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

S68-56050 (21 Dec. 1968)--- The Apollo 8 (Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 7:51 a.m. (EST), Dec. 21, 1968. The crew of the Apoll... More

Apollo 11 Launched Via the Saturn V Rocket-High Angle View

Apollo 11 Launched Via the Saturn V Rocket-High Angle View

Full Description: The Apollo 11 mission, the first lunar landing mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16... More

Liftoff of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission

Liftoff of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission

Description: Closeup view as the 363 ft tall Apollo 11 space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:37 a.m., July 16, 1969. Apollo 11 is the United Sates first lunar landi... More

GT-4 Launch

GT-4 Launch

Gemini-Titan 4 (GT-4) lift-off carrying James McDivitt and Ed White for a four-day mission. This flight included the first spacewalk by an American astronaut, performed by Ed White...Image # : 65PC-0052

Apollo 11 Launched Via Saturn V Rocket

Apollo 11 Launched Via Saturn V Rocket

Full Description: The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16,... More

 LAUNCH - APOLLO 9 - CAPE

LAUNCH - APOLLO 9 - CAPE

S69-25862 (3 March 1969) --- Framed by palm trees in the foreground, the Apollo 9 (Spacecraft 104/Lunar Module 3/ Saturn 504) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) ... More

LAUNCH - APOLLO 9 - CAPE

LAUNCH - APOLLO 9 - CAPE

S69-25861 (3 March 1969) --- The Apollo 9 (Spacecraft 104/Lunar Module 3/ Saturn 504) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 11 a.m. (EST), March 3, 1969. Aboard ... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

The fifth launch of the Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-505), the Apollo 10 mission with astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young, and Eugene A. Cernan, occurred on May 18, 1969. The crew performed the first lu... More

Launch Vehicles

Launch Vehicles

The Thor-Delta-68 vehicle launched the INTELSAT III (International Telecommunication Satellite) on May 21, 1969.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from KSC's Launch Complex 39A.  During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a Lunar Module (LM) to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the Command Module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two-and-one-half hours outside the LM. They will gather samples of lunar material and will deploy scientific experiments that will transmit data about the lunar environment.  They will rejoin Collins in the Command Module for the return trip to Earth. KSC-69PC-393

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lift...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from KSC's Launch Complex ... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely r... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a lunar module to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the command module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two and one-half hours outside the lunar module. They will gather samples of lunar material and will deploy scientific experiments which will transmit data about the lunar environment. They will rejoin Collins in the command module for the return trip to Earth ksc-69pc-442

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lif...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Leaving a w... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission, the first lunar landing mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle rises past the launch tower as it lifts off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from KSC's Launch Complex 39A.  During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a Lunar Module (LM) to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the Command Module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two-and-one-half hours outside the LM. They will gather samples of lunar material and will deploy scientific experiments that will transmit data about the lunar environment.  They will rejoin Collins in the Command Module for the return trip to Earth. KSC-69PC-391

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle rise...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle rises past the launch tower as it lifts off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16,... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

This photograph shows the Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-506) for the Apollo 11 mission liftoff at 8:32 am CDT, July 16, 1969, from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Apollo 11 was the first manned lu... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely r... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The American flag heralds the flight of Apollo 11, man's first lunar landing mission.  The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT from KSC's Launch Complex 39A.  During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a Lunar Module (LM) to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the Command Module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two-and-one-half hours outside the LM. They will gather samples of lunar material and will deploy scientific experiments that will transmit data about the lunar environment.  They will rejoin Collins in the Command Module for the return trip to Earth. KSC-69PC-397

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The American flag heralds the flight of A...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The American flag heralds the flight of Apollo 11, man's first lunar landing mission. The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Col... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a lunar module to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the command module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two and one-half hours outside the lunar module. They will gather samples of lunar material and willl deploy scientific experiments which will transmit data about the lunar environment. They will rejoin Collins in the command module for the return trip to Earth ksc-69pc-420

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lif...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center'... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a lunar module to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the command module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two and one-half hours outside the lunar module. They will gather samples of lunar material and willl deploy scientific experiments which will transmit data about the lunar environment. They will rejoin Collins in the command module for the return trip to Earth ksc-69pc-395

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lif...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. EDT July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center'... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. The Saturn ... More

Apollo 12 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 12 - Saturn Apollo Program

This image depicts the liftoff of the Apollo 12 on November 14, 1969. The second mission of the marned lunar landing and return to Earth, Apollo 12, carried a crew of three astronauts: Alan L. Bean, pilot of th... More

Apollo 13 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 13 - Saturn Apollo Program

The third marned lunar landing mission, Apollo 13 (SA-508), with three astronauts: Mission commander James A. Lovell Jr., Lunar Module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr., and Command Module pilot John L. Swigert Jr., lift... More

Launch - Apollo XIV -  Lunar Landing Mission - KSC

Launch - Apollo XIV - Lunar Landing Mission - KSC

S71-18398 (31 Jan. 1971) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 14 (Spacecraft 110/Lunar Module 8/Saturn 509) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida at 4:03:02 ... More

Launch - Apollo 14 Lunar Landing Mission - KSC

Launch - Apollo 14 Lunar Landing Mission - KSC

S71-17620 (31 Jan. 1971) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 14 (Spacecraft 110/Lunar Module 8/Saturn 509) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 4:03:02 p.m. ... More

Launch - Apollo 14 Lunar Landing Mission - KSC

Launch - Apollo 14 Lunar Landing Mission - KSC

S71-17621 (31 Jan. 1971) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 14 (Spacecraft 110/Lunar Module 8/Saturn 509) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 4:03:02 p.m. ... More

Launch of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission

Launch of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission

S71-18395 (31 Jan. 1971) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 14 (Spacecraft 110/Lunar Module 8/Saturn 509) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida at 4:03:02 ... More

Apollo 14 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 14 - Saturn Apollo Program

This is a view from sequential photographs of the Apollo 14 liftoff taken by a remote camera atop the 360-foot gantry level of Launch Complex 39A. The Apollo 14, carrying a crew of three astronauts: Mission com... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Apollo 15's Saturn V rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at 9:34 a.m., EDT, July 26, 1971, on a lunar landing mission. Aboard the Apollo 15 spacecraft are astronauts David R. Scott, commander, Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot, and James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot.      While Apollo 15 astronauts Scott and Irwin will descend in the lunar module to explore the moon's Hadley-Apennine region, astronaut Worden will remain in lunar orbit with the command module. For more information, visit   http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo-15/apollo-15.htm Photo credit: NASA KSC-71PC-0685

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Apol...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Apollo 15's Saturn V rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at 9:34 a.m., EDT, July 26, 1971, on a lunar landing mission. Aboard the Apollo 15 spa... More

Launch - Apollo XV Space Vehicle - KSC

Launch - Apollo XV Space Vehicle - KSC

S71-41356 (26 July 1971) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 15 (Spacecraft 112/Lunar Module 10/Saturn 510) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 9:34:0... More

Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) - Saturn Apollo Program

Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) - Saturn Apollo Program

The fifth marned lunar landing mission, Apollo 15 (SA-510), carrying a crew of three astronauts: Mission commander David R. Scott, Lunar Module pilot James B. Irwin, and Command Module pilot Alfred M. Worden Jr... More

Apollo 17 Night Launch

Apollo 17 Night Launch

Liftoff of the Apollo 17 Saturn V Moon Rocket from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 12:33 a.m., December 7, 1972. Apollo 17, the final lunar landing mission, was the first night launc... More

Launch of Pioneer 10 to Jupiter occured at 8:49 p.m. EST  March 2, 1972 ARC-1972-AC72-2142

Launch of Pioneer 10 to Jupiter occured at 8:49 p.m. EST March 2, 197...

Launch of Pioneer 10 to Jupiter occured at 8:49 p.m. EST March 2, 1972

Apollo 16 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 16 - Saturn Apollo Program

The sixth marned lunar landing mission, the Apollo 16 (SA-511), carrying three astronauts: Mission commander John W. Young, Command Module pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II, and Lunar Module pilot Charles M. Duke, l... More

Apollo 16 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 16 - Saturn Apollo Program

The sixth manned lunar landing mission, the Apollo 16 (SA-511), carrying three astronauts: Mission Commander John W. Young, Command Module pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II, and Lunar Module pilot Charles M. Duke, l... More

Launch of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission

Launch of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission

S72-55070 (7 Dec. 1972) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 17 (Spacecraft 114/Lunar Module 12/Saturn 512) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 12:33 a... More

Launch of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission

Launch of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission

S72-55482 (7 Dec. 1972) --- The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 17 (Spacecraft 114/Lunar Module 12/Saturn 512) space vehicle is launched from Pad A., Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 12:33 ... More

Launch of unmanned Skylab 1 space vehicle

Launch of unmanned Skylab 1 space vehicle

S73-26913 (14 May 1973) --- The unmanned Skylab 1/Saturn V space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 12:00 noon (EDT), May 14, 1973, to place the Skylab space st... More

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V - Saturn Apollo Program

This photograph shows the launch of the SA-513, a modified unmarned two-stage Saturn V vehicle for the Skylab-1 mission, which placed the Skylab cluster into the Earth orbit on May 14, 1973. The initial step in... More

Launch of unmanned Skylab 1 space vehicle

Launch of unmanned Skylab 1 space vehicle

S73-26912 (14 May 1973) --- The unmanned Skylab 1/Saturn V space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 12:00 noon (EDT), May 14, 1973, to place the Skylab space st... More

Skylab

Skylab

This is an image of the Saturn IB vehicle that lifted off on May 25, 1973, carrying the crew of the Skylab-2 (SL-2) mission. The Saturn IV launch vehicle was used to carry a crew of three astronauts to the Skyl... More

Launch Vehicles

Launch Vehicles

The launch of the Atlas-Centaur carrying the Mariner X spacecraft on November 3, 1973. This mission was for the exploration of the planets Venus and Mercury.

Mars Mission: Viking I on Titan III Centaur Rocket Launch

Mars Mission: Viking I on Titan III Centaur Rocket Launch

Description: (August 20, 1975) Launch of the Mars mission Viking I payload on Titan III Centaur rocket. The interplanetary cruise phase of the Viking spacecraft lasted 310 days until Mars orbit insertion. The V... More

Launch of the Apollo spacecraft to begin ASTP mission

Launch of the Apollo spacecraft to begin ASTP mission

S75-28550 (15 July 1975) --- The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project's (ASTP) NASA Apollo/Saturn 1B space vehicle is launched from Pad B, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 3:50 p.m. (EDT), July 1... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Apollo Soyuz Test Project Saturn IB launch vehicle thundered away from KSC’s Launch Complex 39B at 3:50 p.m. today.  Aboard the Apollo Command Module were ASTP Astronauts Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand and Donald Slayton.  The astronauts will rendezvous and dock with a Soyuz spacecraft, launched this morning from the Baikonur launch facility in the Soviet Union, carrying Soviet cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov.      The first international crewed spaceflight was a joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. rendezvous and docking mission.  The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, or ASTP, took its name from the spacecraft employed: the American Apollo and the Soviet Soyuz.  The three-man Apollo crew lifted off from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Saturn IB rocket on July 15, 1975, to link up with the Soyuz that had launched a few hours earlier.  A cylindrical docking module served as an airlock between the two spacecraft for transfer of the crew members.  Photo credit: NASA KSC-108-75PC-0388

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Apollo Soyuz Test Project Saturn IB launch ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Apollo Soyuz Test Project Saturn IB launch vehicle thundered away from KSC’s Launch Complex 39B at 3:50 p.m. today. Aboard the Apollo Command Module were ASTP Astronauts Thomas Staff... More

Launch Vehicles

Launch Vehicles

The Titan III-Centaur carrying the Viking 1 Lander lifted off on August 20, 1975. The Viking Lander conducted a detailed scientific investigation of the planet Mars.

Voyager 2 Launch

Voyager 2 Launch

(August 20, 1977) Voyager 2 was launched August 20, 1977, sixteen days before Voyager 1 aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket. Their different flight trajectories caused Voyager 2 to arrive at Jupiter four months later... More

ATLAS F SEASAT A LIFTOFF

ATLAS F SEASAT A LIFTOFF

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 11/1/1977 Photographer: DONALD HUEBLER Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

Launch Vehicles

Launch Vehicles

The Voyager 2 aboard Titan III-Centaur launch vehicle lifted off on August 20, 1977. The Voyager 2 was a scientific satellite to study the Jupiter and the Saturn planetary systems including their satellites and... More

Launch Vehicles

Launch Vehicles

The Voyager 1 aboard the Titan III/Centaur lifted off on September 5, 1977, joining its sister spacecraft, the Voyager 2, on a mission to the outer planets.

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Survival Satellite. No. 1 of 4 views

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Surviva...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vandenberg Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... More

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Survival Satellite. (No. 3 of 3 views)

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Surviva...

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An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Survival Satellite. No. 2 of 4 views

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Surviva...

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An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Survival Satellite. No. 4 of 4 views

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Surviva...

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An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Survival Satellite. No. 3 of 4 views

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Surviva...

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An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Survival Satellite. No. 2 of 3 views

An Atlas-F launch vehicle lifts off carrying the Navy Orbiting Surviva...

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