Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (South Central)
U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter
In addition to testing nose cone materials, the Jupiter launched two monkeynuts—Able and Baker—into space in May, 1959. Achieving an altitude of 480m (300mi), Able and Baker were the first living creatures to be launched into space and successfully recovered, helping pave the way for humans. After her retirement from the space program, Miss Baker lived out her years here at the U.S. Space & Rocket.
Length: 60ft (18.3m)
Diameter: 8.8ft (2.7m)
Weight: 108,804lbs (49353kg)
Thrust: 150,000lbs (667,233N) Velocity: 11, 455mph (18,435km/hr)
Range: 1,770mi (2,849k m)
Propellants: Liquid oxygen and kerosene
• Chrysler Corporation (fuselage)
• Rocketdyne Div., North American Aviation, Inc. (propulsion)
Location. 34° 42.688′ N, 86° 39.273′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquilty Base half a mile west of Madison Pike, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (about 300 feet away); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (about 300 feet away); Conrad • Gordon • Bean (about 300 feet away); Lovell • Swigert • Haise (about 400 feet away); Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (about 400 feet away); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (about 400 feet away); Grissom • White • Chaffee (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . . U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (Submitted on September 26, 2016.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Exploration • Man-Made Features •
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.