Mercury-Atlas 8

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 14 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Mercury-Atlas 6 carrying Sigma 7 spacecraft carried astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. to orbit where he completed 6 orbits lasting a total of 9 hours and 13 minutes. The mission goal was to compete engineering tests and all objectives were met.

Atlas LV-3B

Family: Atlas
Configuration: LV-3B

The Atlas LV-3B, Atlas D Mercury Launch Vehicle or Mercury-Atlas Launch Vehicle, was a human-rated expendable launch system used as part of the United States Project Mercury to send astronauts into low Earth orbit. Manufactured by American aircraft manufacturing company Convair, it was derived from the SM-65D Atlas missile, and was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    28.7 m
  • Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    4.9 m
  • Launch Mass
    120 T
  • Thrust
    1300 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas LV-3B
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    LV-3B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas LV-3B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1360 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Mercury No.16


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 1 Crew Capacity: 1
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: 16

Mercury No.16 is the Mercury capsule used for the Mercury-Atlas 8 - callsign "Sigma 7" - mission launched on October 3, 1962 and piloted by astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr.

Mercury Details

Crew


Wally Schirra

Pilot - American - ( NASA )

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: March 12, 1923
Date of Death: May 3, 2007

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Administrator: Bill Nelson Founded: 1958 Successes: 53 Failures: 8 Pending: 6

Agency Type: Government

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.

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