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Thor-Able III





Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge




Classification: Space Launch Vehicle


Length: 90 feet


Diameter: 8 feet


Date of First Cape Canaveral Launch: August 7, 1959


Date of Final Cape Canaveral Launch: August 7, 1959


Number Launched from Cape Canaveral: 1


Thor-Able III was the NASA designation for a Thor-Able variant configured to support the launch of the Explorer-VI satellite on August 7, 1959. The 143-pound satellite was the first spacecraft to transmit pictures of Earth from space. Thor-Able III employed a Thor missile as first stage, an Aerojet liquid-fueled second stage, an Able solid-fueled third stage and an Atlantic solid-fueled fourth stage.


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