Preparing Little Joe for its Little Launch
Fifty years ago today NASA launched another successful flight of the Little Joe system. This launch was from Wallops Island, Virginia. The system was designed to test flight characteristics of the Mercury program capsule and escape system. With onboard systems, engineers were able to measure the stresses of high acceleration on the structures. Although we often think of only the advances in the spacecraft engineering, there were also tremendous improvements in NASA's telemetry programs.
Blast Off! NASA plays with model rockets ; )