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(NASA Wallops Flight Facility)

Canaveral Junior

Wallops Island gets ready for the big time.

SCOUT Launch


Sometimes the launches didn’t go so well. This light trace shows the upward flight, and subsequent crash, of another Scout in July 1963. The suborbital rocket reached an altitude of 1.2 miles and was in the air for 32 seconds. SCOUT was an acronym for Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test.

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