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From: Netherlands
Registered: Nov 2001

posted 12-17-2021 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

'Big Joe' is prepared for launch by Atlas 10D at Cape Canaveral in September 1959. This was a boilerplate Mercury spacecraft to test performance of the heat shield and determine flight dynamics of the spacecraft during reentry. The spacecraft was picked up by the recovery force about 8 hours after lift-off. Because of the success of this flight, a similar launch was considered unnecessary and accordingly was canceled.


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From: Perth, Western Australia
Registered: Apr 2015

posted 12-17-2021 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great image of a milestone flight, and a great shot of the launch facility. Thank you Ed for sharing another great image.


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From: Killingly, CT
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-17-2021 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back in 1962/63, I had a Revell model of the Atlas launch complex with the Atlas topped by Friendship 7 and its escape tower. I remember painting and building all that piping etc. Great memories...


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From: MD
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 12-18-2021 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceheaded     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful pic; so much to look at and ponder!

As another year draws to a close, I am reminded to thank you Ed for posting these photos. I look forward to them... probably not consciously, but I'd bet a lot of us have that same feeling when we log in and see a new posting from you on this thread!


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From: Washington, DC, USA
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posted 12-18-2021 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by ejectr:
Back in 1962/63, I had a Revell model...
Man, I had the same flashback to the Revell model kit that you had!

Big Joe resides at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center now.

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