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Delta 3920 Shavings

Mission: Delta 163  
Launch: July 16, 1982  
Landing: N/A  
Comment: First launch of the Delta 3920

These metal shavings are from the inaugural mission of McDonnell Douglas' Delta 3920 rocket, which lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. with NASA's Landsat-D earth observation satellite. The two stage, 118-foot rocket was upgraded from the 3910 with a larger capacity second stage booster. The 3920 could lift 3,451 pounds into a 115 mile orbit or 2,828 pounds into geosynchronous orbit.

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