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Wallops Island gets ready for the big time

(NASA Wallops Flight Facility)

The Mercury Project


Wallops didn’t play a big role in the Apollo moon program, but it did have a part in the Mercury project, which was run by the nearby Langley center. This January 21, 1960 launch of the Little Joe 1B booster was designed to test Mercury’s escape system and heat shield.


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