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LAUNCH COMPLEX 5/6 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

LAUNCH COMPLEX 5/6

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse, Two Launch Pads

 

LAUNCH PAD 5

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: July 19, 1956

 

Final Launch: July 21, 1961

 

Number of Launches: 24

 

Vehicles Launched: Jupiter A, Jupiter C, Jupiter, Juno I, Redstone, Juno II, Mercury-Redstone

 

LAUNCH PAD 6

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: April 20, 1955

 

Final Launch: June 26, 1961

 

Number of Launches: 42

 

Vehicles Launched: Redstone, Jupiter A, Jupiter C, Jupiter

 

Launch Complex 5/6 was built in support of the Army Jupiter missile development and testing program. A single blockhouse served both Launch Pads 5 and 6. A series of rails supported a mobile service tower, which could serve both launch pads and could move under its own power. A smaller service tower was later added to the site to support Jupiter missile launches and its satellite-bearing relative, the Juno II. Launch Complex 5/6 is preserved in an abandoned state in commemoration of its use in the NASA Mercury Program. Launch Pad 5 was the site of the launch of America’s first astronaut, Alan Shepard, on May 5, 1961.

 

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